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More game time for youngsters

Fiji FA technical director Ravinesh Kumar said there would be U14 competition for the Western division this week at the Fiji FA academy ground in Ba, which will be competed amongst five development centres from the West.
The teams participating will be the development centre teams from Nadroga, Nawai (Ba), Tavua, Naria Bharatiya Primary School Development Centre and Rakiraki Methodist.
Kumar said the competition would be run on the 9v9 basis with a maximum of seven boys and two girls.
“The age category is 2002 born and each centre will have two teams, which mean there will be 10 teams participating.
“Unfortunately we cannot have the U16 competition this week in the Western division because majority of the players from our Centre of Excellence are participating in the Vodafone Fiji Secondary School’s IDC and they have requested if this competition be shifted to a later date.
“We will find a later date for the U16 competition,“ he confirmed.
Kumar said similar competition would be done in the Northern division on the 15th of this month at Shree Gurunanak Khalas College and Gurunanak Primary School in Labasa.
“We will have U14 competition amongst our development centre players and U16 will be played amongst our center of excellence players.
“Our development centres in the North are at Khemendra Primary School in Savusavu, Holy Family Primary School and Batnikama Primary in Labasa.
“The Centres of Excellence are at Lekutu Secondary School in Bua, Seaqaqa Central College, Labasa Sangam Primary and Nadogo Central College.”
Kumar added that the main objective for thr competition is to select the best players for our national teams.
“Our selectors have identified some talents in the Southern division from the U16 competition and will be called in for camp soon, which helps in preparing our next U17 national team. And for our U14 players they will be our feeder players to the U17 teams, “he added.

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