40 teams for schools champs

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Forty teams will par­tic­i­pate in the 2019 Voda­fone Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion spon­sored Fiji Sec­ondary Schools Cham­pi­onship to be played on Au­gust 8-11 in Ba.

Fiji Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Vim­lesh Ku­mar said dur­ing the launch on Satur­day the cham­pi­onship marked the 62nd year of com­pe­ti­tion which be­gan in 1957.

“It is another historic achieve­ment for FSSFA and we are grate­ful for the tremen­dous sup­port shown by our spon­sors Voda­fone and Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion,”Ku­mar said.

“I would like to thank Voda­fone and Fiji FA for the con­tin­ued sup­port with­out which or­ga­niz­ing a tour­na­ment in­volv­ing 20 Un­der-19 teams, four U17 teams, eight U15 teams and eight girls teams would not have been im­pos­si­ble.”

Ku­mar said the cham­pi­onship had been grow­ing ev­ery year and this year the num­ber teams par­tic­i­pat­ing has in­creased.

“FSSFA is also keen to in­tro­duce the Comet pro­gramme in our cham­pi­onship and we are in close con­tact with Fiji FA which has a data­base of all sec­ondary schools play­ers and com­pe­ti­tions. A to­tal of 40 teams will com­pete in 84 matches dur­ing the four-day tour­na­ment.

“The growth of the cham­pi­onship has helped to nur­ture cur­rent and fu­ture na­tional reps who will be in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing glory to our beloved na­tion.”

He said the sec­ondary schools cham­pi­onship plays a vi­tal role in

the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in the coun­try.

“The cham­pi­onship not only nur­tures play­ers but fu­ture coaches, man­agers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, and most of all the fu­ture ref­er­ees. We have seen that a num­ber of cadet ref­er­ees of­fi­ci­at­ing in our district and zonal games which as­sures well for fu­ture match of­fi­cials.

“There is in­tense com­pe­ti­tion in our district and zonal cham­pi­onships and this year we will see new win­ners in the U15 and U17 grades as last year’s win­ners have not qual­i­fied.

“Xavier Col­lege the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons in the U19 grade have qual­i­fied with Vu­ni­mono High School the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons in the girls com­pe­ti­tions. “There has been an in­crease in the num­ber of girls’ team in our district and zonal com­pe­ti­tions. The three new schools who will take part this year are Jasper Wil­liams High, Lo­mawai Sec­ondary and Vashist Muni Col­lege in the girls’ grade.”

Photo: Fiji FA Me­dia

Fiji Foot­ball and Fiji Sec­ondary Schools of­fi­cials dur­ing the launch­ing of the 2019 cham­pi­onship in Ba on July 27, 2019.

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