We’re Going To Qatar: Patel  

 Oceania qualifiers for 2022 FIFA Wrold Cup to be played at a neutral venue in March, next year,  Fiji FA boss confirms that they are targeting several overseas-based players
16 Sep 2021 15:59
We’re Going To Qatar: Patel  
Roy Krishna, Daniel Hil Scott Wara And Zach Verhoven

The Flemming Serristlev coached- Digicel Fijian football team will travel to Qatar in March, next year to play in the Oceania qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This was confirmed to SUNsports yesterday by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel.

The Oceania Football Confederations (OFC) members met virtually on Tuesday to deliberate on the matter.

“This was the outcome of the deliberation,” Patel said.

He said the OFC would determine the venue and the logistics component of hosting the qualifying round in Qatar.

“We had a brief discussion on the competition to be held in March during the FIFA window in Qatar, next year,” said Patel.

“It is for the first time the qualifying round is held at a neutral venue.

“Having this does not favour any country because when you play in the region you have crowd support and other things.

“Life during this pandemic is such that you have to play the qualifier and the best place is where there is quarantine and no border problems where all the countries can gather,” he said.


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Patel said for the national team they are eyeing several overseas-based players.

Leading the list is India based- ATK Mohun Bagan captain Roy Krishna who recently starred in the group rounds of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

Among the top priorities are England- based Scott Wara, and Canada’s Nicholas Prasad.

Fiji FA is also chasing two other international players, Zach Verhoven who plays for the Atletico Ottawa (Canadian Premier League) and Daniel Hall who plays in the A- League for Central Coast Mariners.

Both players have links to Fiji.

Verhoven’s mum migrated to Canada as an infant with her parents.

Hall whose mum was Fijian was given for adoption at a young age.

“They are on the top of our list. We’re waiting for the FIFA window to open we’ll apply for their release from their clubs,” Patel said.

He added that his office is awaiting the greenlight from the Ministry of Youths and Sport to allow the national players to march into camp in the coming weeks.

“We hope to receive the approval from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Youth and Sports by the end of this week.”



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