Football

Football Stints In Australia For Fijians

Victorian Multi-Cultural Sports Association president Vishwar Kumar believes the pathway will help the sport grow.
16 Nov 2019 16:34
Football Stints In Australia For Fijians
Fiji Footbal U19 team Kishan Sami, Ratu Kaliova Dau and Savenaca Baledrokadroka are now targetted in this new initiative. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Young Fijians will play for a club in Victoria, Australia as a pathway to professional football.

The Multi-Cultural Sports Association based in Victoria in partnership with the Fiji Football Association, the Victoria Football and Frankston Pine Football Club has set a pathway with the aim to prepare players for 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The pathway was an initiative made possible by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his visit to Australia last month.

This pathway will see the recruitment of young players such as Ba midfielder Kishan Sami, Nasinu goalkeeper  Alzaar Alam, Nasinu midfielder Savenaca Baleidrokadroka, Lautoka centre back Muni Shivam Naidu and Nadi striker Tito Vodowaqa playing for Frankston Pines FC.

Victorian Multi-Cultural Sports Association president Vishwar Kumar believes the pathway will help the sport grow.

“This is the pathway that young footballers in the country need.  We’re working with Under-19 and U23 players here in Fiji.

“The players will play for Frankston Pines FC which plays in State League Division 3 based in Frankston North, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.

“They will be given contracts and will play and work before they are offered professional contracts in the A-League competition.

“Bainimarama came up with the idea last month when he visited Australia that we should start to invest,  develop  young football players to help lift the standard of the sport in the country.”

Kumar added the partnership was also made possible by the support of the Australian government.

“This initiative is strongly backed by (DFAT) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia in making arrangements for the players’ travel arrangements,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Australian government for their support towards making these players’ dreams come true.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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