Getting A Feel Of What’s To Come
Well, we arrived in Brazil on Tuesday night around 8pm (Brazil time) after a long journey with a 20- member Vodafone Fijian Under-23 team, team director and Fiji Football Association vice-president Tarunesh Reddy, national coach Frank Farina, assistant coach Yogendra Dutt, Dr Kapil Swamy and physiotherapist Varun Karan. The team has settled well in camp at the Atlentico Paranense (a football club academy) which is just like a hotel with all the facilities. The boys have adjusted well with the cold weather here in Curitiba, Brazil. The side went through their first pool session and in the afternoon the boys went for a field session. Coach Frank Farina was very happy with the first session and said the boys have started adapting the weather and style of play he wants them to play. We’re here to get exposure and taste the Brazilian way of football as we know that football is religion in this country,” Farina said. “We had only 20 players left with three goalkeepers after Saula Waqa was injured while playing for Ba and Antonio Tuivuna was held back at the Nadi International Airport to personnel reasons.
“Well I will work with the 17 players I have in the squad and look at different combination in the four matches we will play. “The boys were reminded of discipline and they all know what is expected in the four matches.”
Fiji’s first match this Saturday at 1am (FJ) is against Atletico Paranense. The boys will go through the field session tomorrow at 10am and the gym and pool session in the afternoon at 4pm following a meeting at 5pm.
So far all is well in the camp, no one injured and the boys are enjoying the food and great hospitality. But only problem is communication because mostly Brazilians don’t speak English. Everyone is looking forward for the first match. Until tomorrow, Moce Viti.
Members of the Vodafone Fijian Under-23 team training in Curitiba, Brazil.