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Former Socceroo to coach Fiji

Farina is not new to the country as he guided the Vodafone Fijian Under-20 national team to their historical appearance at the FIFA U20 World Cup this year.
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said there has been a lot said on who will be the next national coach. This was after Fiji FA announced publicly that Carlos Buzzetti’s term had come to an end and would not be renewed.
“Just to move things into gear, the Fiji FA Board has decided to appoint Frank Farina as national coach and mentoring director of Fiji Football, “Patel said.
He said they have agreed to offer a two-year contract to Farina and it could be renewed soon after that.
“We have mutually agreed to keep it short term and see how Fiji Football progresses before we make any more decision.”
Patel said the key focus for Farina would be to guide the Fijian U23 team to the 2016 Rio Olympics and the national team during the Oceania playoffs for the Confederations Cup.
Meanwhile, Farina expects Fiji to be the dominant footballing force in the region in the not too distant future.
Farina said every federation should have a vision.
He said a national curriculum had to be put in place with certain rules and regulations.
“There is a lot that can be done,” Farina said.
“There needs to be an implementation of the coaching mythology for development. There are centres of excellences in place. We want to see Fiji being the strongest nation in Oceania. That is not a dream but is a possibility. “Fiji has to be the dominant force in Oceania and we need to be able to realise that vision.”
Apart from coaching the Socceroos, Farina also guided Brisbane Strikers, Marconi Stallions, Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC.
Farina said the team structure had to be uniform.
“You have to start with youth development and coach development,” he explained.
“The team’s playing style and structures are to be passed on to the coaches as well. It will not happen overnight.”
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said this was where Farina’s expertise as a coach mentor would come in.
“Once the coaches qualify with the C Licence, then the districts will have the same style of coaching,” Patel said.
“As the players come up the ranks, they will have the same consistency that the national players have.
“There must be a formation that we play. There needs to be a plan before entering the ground. You just don’t go on to the ground and start kicking the ball around.”
Patel said the assessment of coaches would be ongoing.
“The more the coaches learn then the better it is for the players,” he added.

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