Fiji foot­ball

Nilesh Lal, Suva

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

When Fiji foot­ball cap­tain Roy Kr­ishna scored in the 10th minute against Mex­ico, we be­gan fan­cy­ing our chances of a his­toric vic­tory in an Olympic foot­ball match.

Kr­ishna proved why he is Fiji’s best foot­ball er ever yet again by putting Fiji on the score­board de­spite very lit­tle pos­ses­sion up­front.

The for­wards did their part and the re­spon­si­bil­ity shifted to the mid­field and de­fence to main­tain the lead. How­ever as ex­pected, the dys­func­tional de­fence let in very soft goals re­sult­ing in a fi­nal score of 5-1, which failed to re­store any cred­i­bil­ity to the Fi­jian side in Olympics foot­ball.

The de­fence is def­i­nitely not re­flec­tive of the ca­pa­bil­ity at U23 level that we have in Fiji. The coach and se­lec­tors need to ac­count for the se­lec­tion de­ci­sions which have been ques­tioned on so­cial me­dia and in other cir­cles even be­fore the games.

Sec­ondly, the lack of fit­ness stands out like a sour thumb from the two games so far with the team con­ced­ing all their goals in the last quar­ter of the game. Whilst Frank Fa­rina and oth­ers can pro­vide ex­cuses for our lack of tech­ni­cal abil­ity, there can be no ac­cept­able ex­cuses for the lack of fit­ness. We might not be the best tech­ni­cally but we could have been up to par in terms of fit­ness. Fa­rina needs to be ques­tioned about the fit­ness regime that he put in place for the team, if there was any. While Ben Ryan and his team were do­ing the hard yards at the sand dunes, how the foot­ball team was pre­par­ing is any­body’s guess.

It is very ap­par­ent that Fiji team of­fi­cials and the Fiji FA man­age­ment reck­lessly failed to ad­e­quately pre­pare the na­tional side for world class com­pe­ti­tion, and brought a lot of em­bar­rass­ment to the coun­try, and they need to an­swer for that.

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