Fiji sack Aussie Fa­rina a er Rio flop

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

FIJI have sacked for­mer Soc­ceroos boss Frank Fa­rina as their foot­ball coach fol­low­ing the is­land na­tion’s poor show­ing at the Rio Olympics, re­ports said yes­ter­day.

Fiji con­ceded 23 goals in three games at the tour­na­ment in Brazil, in­clud­ing a 10-0 thrash­ing by even­tual sil­ver medal­lists Ger­many. They man­aged to score only once.

The Fiji Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion said Fa­rina had not turned up for work since the Olympics and had not sub­mit­ted a post-Games re­port.

The Fiji Sun said his two-year con­tract, signed in October last year, had been ter­mi­nated.

No one from the Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion was im­me­di­ately avail­able to com­ment.

Fa­rina was pro­moted to se­nior men’s coach af­ter en­joy­ing suc­cess with Fiji at last year’s Un­der-20 World Cup in New Zealand, where they nar­rowly missed out on the last 16.

Fa­rina warned be­fore the Games that the Pa­cific na­tion’s ex­pec­ta­tions of its foot­ballers were un­re­al­is­ti­cally high.

“We are not the Fiji rugby sev­ens side who are the world cham­pi­ons. We want to put in a good per­for­mance, not be em­bar­rassed, and be cred­i­ble,” he told FIFA.com in July.

“That is re­al­ity, and some peo­ple, who think we will go there and win a medal, don’t un­der­stand that.”

‘We are not the Fiji rugby sev­ens side who are the world cham­pi­ons.’ Frank Fa­rina For­mer Fiji foot­ball coach

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