YOUNG FIJIANS FACE NEW CALEDONIA
The Fijian Under-20 football side aims to win their second match against New Caledonia tomorrow in Port Vila. The Fijians lost their opening Oceania U20 Championship match to Vanuatu 0-1 on Saturday. Coach Yogendra Dutt said they would need to lift their performance. “We had our chances but we failed to make it count. “Vanuatu had one and they scored but we had a few and we didn’t take them,” Dutt said.” In front of a boisterous home crowd that had steadily built ahead through the day, Vanuatu and Fiji went toe to toe in a largely even and often physical affair. Vanuatu enjoyed some ascendancy in patches of the first half, keeping Fijian goalkeeper Jovilisi Borisi busy but still needed a crucial save from Willie Dick in the dying stages of the match to secure three points. “Fiji’s a good side and physically strong but with the way we play, we deserved to win the game,” said Vanuatu coach Etienne Mermer.
Meanwhile,” Fiji Football will provide bonus for the side if they finish in the top two.
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said they will share $30,000 if they lose in the final and $50, 000 in they win. Fiji play New Caledonia 4pm tomorrow.