Wara Con­firmed For Sin­ga­pore Tour, Says Rodu

Fiji Sun - - Sport - WAISEA NA­SOKIA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a

Eng­land-based Scott Wara will be part of the Voda­fone Fi­jian Un­der-23 side that play Sin­ga­pore this week.

Fi­jian U23 coach Marika Rodu said the 19–year old Stoke City de­fender is part of the 20-mem­ber squad for the OFC Men’s Olympic qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion set for Septem­ber 21 to Oc­to­ber 5. The com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to be played in Suva and Lautoka. The Fi­jian U23 side de­parted our shores yes­ter­day for the two- match clash against their

Sin­ga­pore coun­ter­parts. “We are tak­ing 19 play­ers and Scott Wara will join us in South Korea,” Rodu said. “This match is very im­por­tant to us as this is how we can gauge our­selves in the qual­i­fier.

“In be­tween May to June, Sin­ga­pore have played seven in­ter­na­tional matches but we have yet to start.

“It is about try­ing to de­fend the home pres­sure when the qual­i­fier gets un­der­way at home. We have to test these boys on away matches as some of the Sin­ga­pore play­ers are play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in the Su­per League.” Rodu con­firmed that six play­ers from the Pa­cific Games squad are part of the team.

“This is also exposure for the play­ers to gain more in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. The qual­i­fier will be tough as all other teams have sim­i­lar dream.” Some no­table names in the tour­ing Fi­jian U23 squad are Kis­han Sami, Peni Tuigu­lag­ula, Isikeli Ratu­cava, Savenca Balei­drokadroka, Pa­trick Joseph, Tito Vodowaqa, Kaliova Dau, Atu­naisa Nau­cukidi, and Afraaz Ali. Seven of­fi­cials are also part of the tour. Rodu added that they would name their cap­tain to­day.

Photo: Fiji FA Me­dia

Stoke City de­fender Scott Wara to play for the Voda­fone Fi­jian Un­der-23 side.

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