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Pressure To Perform: Rodu

Pressure To Perform: Rodu
Vodafone Fijian women football team in Lautoka on August 22,2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
August 23
11:00 2018

Vodafone Fijian national women football coach Mari­ka Rodu feels the pressure to perform in front of their home crowd as a motivational boost to their campaign.

They will be competing against Solomon Islands, American Samoa and Vanuatu in the OFC Women’s Nation’s Cup (OFCWNC) 2018 qual­ifiers, where the winner will pro­ceed to face the ceded teams in the main OFCWNC competition.

“We know people in Fiji will be expecting us to perform, we will do our best, our aim is to win this Friday against Vanuatu so it can calm our nerves for remainder of the tournament,” Rodu said.

Fiji last played and lost 2-1 to Vanuatu during the Pacific Mini Games gold medal match that was held in Port Vila last year.

“We are aware of the challenges ahead, these three teams will not be easy as each of them are trying to get in to the next stage as well. So this will be really tough but I be­lieve that we can get the job done for Fiji.”

He said they would be banking on their discipline in defence to counter the American Samoans, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu fast style of play.

“Maintaining defensive structure will be important.”

He said they are aiming to book a spot in the OFC Women’s Nation’s Cup in November, later this year but first they would working really hard in getting the job done this weekend.

Fiji plays Vanuatu at Church­ill Park in Lautoka, on Friday at 3pm, Solomon Islands next week Monday, then American Samoa on Thursday at 3pm at the same venue.


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