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Women’s Football On The Go

The 2018 Vodafone Women’s Under-18 League competi­tion was launched at the Fiji Football Association headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva, yesterday. Six teams will take part in the com­petition which will be
25 Feb 2018 19:08
Women’s Football On The Go
2018 Vodafone Women’s Under-18 League competition launch at the Fiji Football Association headquarters on February 24, 2018 Photo: Shamal Sharma

The 2018 Vodafone Women’s Under-18 League competi­tion was launched at the Fiji Football Association headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva, yesterday.

Six teams will take part in the com­petition which will be played every Saturday. The teams are Suva, Nas­inu, Rewa, Tailevu/Naitasiri, Tai­levu North and Navua.

Speaking during the launch, Fiji FA women’s football director Susan Wise said the competition would be a platform used as selection for the players to join the national Un­der-19 team.

“The women’s under-18 league competition started in 2016 where the project was funded by FIFA and supported by Vodafone Fiji,” she said.

“This year we will see six under-18 girls team play in the zones. To­day we are launching the under-18 league here in the southern zone and we will have 55 matches played.

“This year’s competition will also be used as a platform for selection of the under-19 national team for the OFC competition. And through this competition we will see the increase in the quality of football that our women play.

“Just as the Fiji FA CEO Moham­med Yusuf has pointed out the league has produced players that have represented the national side and last year a few featured in the under-19 qualifiers where Fiji won the silver medal.

“I know there is potential in all these younger players and you will do the same when you time come to represent in national side. How­ever, I hope from the league the players get maximum experience and game time to become a better player.”

Vodafone Fiji public relations of­ficer, Fozia Muktar was grateful of the opportunity to support women football in the country.

“Vodafone in partnership with Fiji FA has driven all efforts to sup­port the growth of football in the country,” she said.

“And we stand firm to our commit­ment towards the betterment of the sport. It is the true reflection of our passion can be seen to firm up our foundation of football by support­ing the grass root level.

“Through our financial boost we assist in facilitating training and development programme for our future stars.

“With that being said we have seen Fijian football grow over the years in all categories and I’m proud to say that the inception of women and youth categories has been a huge stepping stone for football in Fiji.”

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mo­hammed Yusuf thanked Vodafone Fiji Limited for their continuous support. “We are excited to launch another year of women’s U18 league competition,” Yusuf said.

“And we want women’s football to be equal to the man’s as well as we want all the competition played for the man’s to be played for the wom­en as well.

“I also thank Vodafone for their continuous sponsorship for Fiji FA and without their support we won’t be able to host such competition.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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