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Big test for our national football team  The Vodafone Fijian football side are bracing themselves for a tough clash against Estonia at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 19. The
23 Oct 2017 12:00
Estonia Coming
Vodafone Fiji football captain Roy Krishna plays for Wellington Phoenix as he’s tackled by Bruce Kamau of Melbourne City in the A-League clash at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia on October 21, 2017. City won 1-0 but Krishna is going to play against Estonia in Suva on November 19. . Photo: Zimbio

Big test for our national football team 

The Vodafone Fijian football side are bracing themselves for a tough clash against Estonia at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 19.

The 35-member national squad marched into camp at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba yesterday to prepare for the big match against the formidable European side.

National team director and Fiji FA vice-president Tarunesh Reddy told SUNsports that they’re looking forward to the match.

“This is one of the toughest matches we are going to play and we are doing our best to win,” Reddy said.

In the latest Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) world football ranking released last week, Fiji are ranked at 175 while Estonia are in the 80th position.

The Estonia national football side are coming to Fiji after playing tough matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup European qualifiers.

They fared well against former European champions Greece, holding them to a 0-0 draw and recorded wins over Cyprus and Gibralter in their Group H qualifying rounds.

Estonia also have the likes of two English Premier League and Dutch football league players.

They are Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan while Karol Mets plays for NAC Breda and Fulham has Mattias Kait.

These players are likely starters against Fiji.

“It will be a big game for us as the match will improve our world rankings. We will have tough training sessions for the players ahead of this match.”

Reddy said they are hoping to organise an international friendly against an Asian side before playing Estonia.

“This will be finalised in a few days’ time. Our players will be going for an Asian tour in November and will return home a week before taking on Estonia.

“The match against the Asian national side will also be a FIFA sanctioned game organised under the FIFA friendly international football window.”

Reddy confirmed the international matches are all build-up towards the 2021 FIFA World Cup playoffs.

“Negotiations are also underway to play against tough international teams next year.

“We’re talking to India, Thailand and Hong Kong football organisations for possible matches,

“We’re positive about playing these countries next year and many others now till the world cup play-offs in the FIFA friendly international window.

“We want to prepare a best national side for the next world cup playoffs and we’re doing our best.”

Meanwhile, national football head coach Christophe Gamel is in New Zealand scouting for players at the New Zealand Fiji Football Incorporated (NZFFI) Ram’s Group of companies 11th Interdistrict at Bill Mckinley Park, Auckland over the weekend.

Gamel is expected to draft some new players in his squad in the upcoming international friendly matches.

 

Edited Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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