The squad was selected after the participation of two national selection teams in the Ultimate Sports Tournament at Govind Park in Ba.
Assistant coach Yogendra Dutt said the squad was selected using strict criteria for the different playing positions and the players got their much needed exposure by playing against teams from New South Wales and Victoria, Australia in the tournament.
We made 2 teams out of the selection of 40 players from which we were able to select our final squad.”
“The OFC qualifiers for the FIFA U17 WORLD CUP starts in Samoa on the 13th of January 2015 and with the given time for preparation, we all need to cooperate to ensure we are ready for the battle.
Head Coach Kamal Swamy who was attending the OFC B-License Regional Coaching Course at the Fiji FA Headquarters in Vatuwaqa will join the team this week.
“I have learnt a lot about training and game module with the expertise of Didier Chambrone and Giovani Fernandez during my sixteen days of participation which will help a lot in preparing the team for the championship,” Swamy said.
Swamy is taking a lot of experience with him from the sixteen day course which has broaden his coaching knowledge and will work with Dutt to polish up few areas of concern.
“Team sponsor, Vodafone Fiji is fully backing the team and chief marketing officer Sanjeewa Perera says the youngsters have a great opportunity to shine and make the country proud.
“We as sponsors are proud to give the much needed support to the grass root levels in sports. Now that the squad is finalized it is time for the hard yards.”
“We wish the Vodafone U17 team and officials the best as they prepare to battle for qualifiers to the world cup next year.”
The Vodafone U17 squad- Goalkeepers: Varinava Ron Telawa,Joela Biuvanua,Waisake Ravuiwasa Cakacaka; Sweepers: Adeel Muzammil Ali, Shavneel Shivnesh Deo; Centre Backs: Arami Volavola, Shamron Prasad, Alvish Naidu, Adharsh Dutt, Ratu Lino Roseru, Akeimi Ralulu Mateiwai;Defensive Midfielders: Patrick Joseph, Shoel Khan, Alvin Chand, Muni Shalit Reddy, Timoci Dovi; Right Midfielders: Afraz Ali, Rusiate Qio; Left Midfielders: Mannav Permal, Kalaveti Sivoi; Central Attacking Midfielders: Kartik Kumar, Fazeem Khan; Strikers: Isimeli Batiratu, Amena Bolaitamana, Frances Catarogo.