We’re in best place to learn foot­ball

Fiji Sun - - Sport - By Avikash Chand Edited by Osea Bola Feed­back: os­eab@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Frank Fa­rina-coached side evenly matched their op­po­nents but fa­tigue took its toll in the sec­ond spell.

To­day is our third day in Cu­ritiba, Brazil and we played our first match against the Atletico FC Caps Sub side. The Voda­fone Fi­jian U23 play­ers did all what they could in the first half with goal­keeper Simione-Ta­man­isau mak­ing some dar­ing saves. The Frank Fa­rina- coached side evenly matched their op­po­nents but fa­tigue took its toll in the sec­ond spell. The Brazil­ians showed their class in the sec­ond half af­ter Fi­jians started los­ing con­cen­tra­tion and scored four goals. Fa­rina was up­beat in de­feat. ‘We are here to learn and the boys have tasted the Brazil­ian style of foot­ball to­day. “We de­fended very well in terms of our struc­ture and our play bur we cracked in the sec­ond half due to fa­tigue. “We can’t get this kind of com­pe­ti­tion in Fiji or Ocea­nia and this is the best place to learn. Fa­rina ex­pects tougher games in the re­main­ing three games. Our next match in on Tues­day. Un­til to­mor­row, moce Viti.

The Voda­fone Fi­jian U23 team in Brazil yes­ter­day. Photo: Avikash Chand

Voda­fone Fi­jian U23 cap­tain Alvin Singh heads the ball away yes­ter­day. Photo: Avikash Chand

Voda­fone Fi­jian U23 mid­fielder Te­vita Warainaivalu (left), de­fends against Atletico FC Caps yes­ter­day. Photo: Avikash Chand

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