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Ba Football Set Higher Target

Board to decide on hiring of overseas players and number of warm-up matches, says manager Singh   The Ba Football Association has set a higher goal for this year’s Oceania
01 Jan 2018 11:00
Ba Football Set Higher Target
Ba football team led by captain Remueru Tekiata (standing-left) are aiming to win the Champions League and qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup. Photo: Waisea Nasoki

Board to decide on hiring of overseas players and number of warm-up matches, says manager Singh

 

The Ba Football Association has set a higher goal for this year’s Oceania Football Confederation’s Champions League.

They are aiming to win and become the first Fijian club to represent the country to the FIFA Club World Cup later in the year.

Speaking to SUN sports yesterday Ba Football manager Arvind Singh said the players are undergoing an intense training programme to prepare for the Champions League.

“We’re confident about our chances to win the Champions League,” he said.

“The first week of training has been good and our players have showed a lot of commitment and enthusiasm.

“There were a few players who did not attend the first week of training and we expect a full squad in the second week of training.

“The first week of training showed a lot of commitment by the players and I’m positive that this kind of attitude will lead us to victory.

“We will finalise our team later in January for the Champions League.

“Twenty players will be representing us and we will follow a selection process, which will be tough considering the calibre of players in the team.”

Singh said the Ba FA board meeting this Friday would decide the inclusion of overseas players for the Champions League.

“The board meeting will also decide on whether we will be playing international build-up matches as well.

“We are having a very busy schedule prior to the Champions League with three Vodafone Premier League matches lined-up for us in January.

“We will meet Nadi in our first league match in January and then matches against Lautoka and Suva.

“On playing international friendlies is something that our board will decide and we will wait for their decision on this.”

Ba will leave the country on February 7, for Port Vila in Vanuatu where they will play their Champions League’s group matches. Ba are the second Fijian team who have qualified for the Champions League after finishing behind Lautoka in the 2017 Vodafone Premier League.

 

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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