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Fiji Football Looks For Long Term Plan

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel says they are looking for a long term plan for the Vodafone Fiji national football team. “Climbing the ladder is one thing but we
01 Jun 2017 11:00
Fiji Football Looks For Long Term Plan
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel and Solomon Islands Football Association president William Lai during the second leg of the International friendly between Fiji national and Solomon Islands national team. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel says they are looking for a long term plan for the Vodafone Fiji national football team.

“Climbing the ladder is one thing but we have to prepare the team that can qualify and we’re not there just for ranking,“ Patel said

Patel said that they had to be good enough to make sure they frequently entered the FIFA World Cup tournaments.

He said they had seen in the age group and the national team that they lacked preparation as they played more international matches.

He has asked patience from the fans before and is waiting for the right time and right people.

“I have said it before, give us time we will do it, we have to get our structure right and that what took me a little longer to set up international matches,” he said.

The Ba businessman said they were looking at the 2022 World Cup as everyone could see coach Gamel was moulding a young team.

“We were waiting for the right people and right coach and the mentality of the players as we can see there are lots of young players in the squad, “Patel said.

At the same time he said the under 16 league would start and they would start picking up the players for the 2026 FIFA World Cup when there would be one half slot for the Oceania.

Patel said as far as resources and finance was concern from the administration side from Fiji FA, they would make sure they would be there with the team to give every resource they required.

“Together we can build and develop football which is the game in this world everyone loves.”

Meanwhile Patel was pleased with the performance of the Vodafone Fiji national side against Solomon Islands.

“The boys played well, they held possession and did what the coach wanted them to do and this is how we will develop them.”

The Vodafone Fiji national side drew 1-1 in the first leg and won 1-0 against the Solomon Islands in the international friendly last week.



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