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Olympic squad ready for challenge

Coach Frank Farina says there is no pressure on the boys they just have to give their 100 percent and do their best in each game.
“You know we are playing some of the best teams in the world like last year’s bronze medal winners South Korea, gold medal winners Mexico and world champions Germany,“ Farina said.
The former Socceroo said his aim for the squad is to go and learn more, gain experience, be credible and try to be competitive.
“That’s the key for us. We can’t compare ourselves with rugby sevens because they are world champions and competing for the gold medal.”
Farina said it is totally unrealistic for anyone to have those expectations for the football team.
“We want to be credible, we want to perform our best and be competitive and hopefully do Fiji Football proud.
He said within one year we have gone to a FIFA U-20 World Cup and now the Olympic Games and it is a good time for Fiji Football.
“It is the biggest achievement for Fiji football and for the players who will gain a lot of exposure and experience playing on the world stage.
The team will be arriving in Salvador at 2am and will go for their first training session at 4.30 in the afternoon on the 27th, Brazil time.
“We will then be preparing everyday obviously for our first game on 4 August and the training programme will be there which will be all about recovery for few days.”
Three senior players have been given the task of leading the Vodafone Fiji U-23 side in the football competition of the Olympic Games.
Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna has been named captain while Ba defender Alvin Singh and Rewa goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau have been named vice captains.
Tamanisau believes that the first appearance for the boys and him to the Rio Olympics will be an eye opener.
“We are going out there to do our best and would like to do our country proud, “ said Tamanisau.
The Police Task Force officer said the three senior players are combining well to guide the boys for the competition.
“We have mentioned to the players that this is a one in a lifetime opportunity and it won’t come back and for them to savor the moment given the chance to represent the country in this stage.
He said they know the task ahead as they would be facing some top teams from around the world but he is confident the boys will do their best to do the country proud.

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