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Good Year For Fiji Football

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said this year has been a good one for the sport. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Yusuf said this is because they have
29 Dec 2017 09:00
Good Year For Fiji Football
Team Fiji women’s football team before the Pacific Mini Games final against Vanuatu at the Korman Sports Complex in Port Vila. The Marika Rodu coached-side lost 2-1 to claim the silver medal. Photo: Van2017

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said this year has been a good one for the sport.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Yusuf said this is because they have successfully hosted a number of international competitions, increasing talent exposure and improving their world rankings.

“It has been a good year for Fiji FA we had a successful Pillay Garment’s Champion versus Champion, Vodafone Fiji FACT, INKK Battle of the Giants, Courts Inter-District Championship and the Vodafone Premier League competitions,” he said.

Yusuf said both the men and women’s national teams have also performed well.

The men’s national team played a total of 13 international matches- won 4, lost 4 and drew five.

“We’ve improved our FIFA world rankings from 183 to 168.”

He said investments to the women’s football side paid off given their sterling performance in the recent tournaments which also included the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The Marika Rodu coached-side won silver after going down to Vanuatu 2-1 in the final. The Vanuatu women’s side had spent five months training in China but were taken to the wire by our young team.

 

FUTURE PLANS

Yusuf said the franchising of their six teams was part of their long-term plan which should be ready by 2020 or 2021.

“It is a new concept that we are exploring at the moment, we are getting help from experts at the moment, so that by 2020 or 2021 we will be trying out six teams,” he said.

The matches will be televised live for local viewers.

“But it’s a long-term thing and we’re still trying to get things off the ground, in terms of getting some paperwork done and setting up some of our strategic plans.”

Yusuf said they would be consulting overseas experts in terms of reviewing the rules and planning out necessary steps.

“But that is one of the aims of Fiji FA because we want to explore the option of having a franchise league, which will consist of a 14-week fixture during the months of November, December and January.”

He said they would be starting with six teams which would be owned by business people.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  peni.komaisavai@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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