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By Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel

OFC under 17 Championship
All the best
Our Kappa Fiji national Under 17 side will be playing their first match in the OFC Under 17 championship in Vanuatu against New Caledonia. The boys did not have enough preparation nor any warm up matches still we have our fingers cross for the side to do well in the Championship. We had to be mindful of their school commitments and this makes it difficult to put them in camp for long term and also organize match competitions. Coaching panel have worked over time to mould the young keen football learners in the right direction and the very same players will also represent the country in the next OFC under 20 playoffs so we are on the right track as far as development of football in the country is concern. The players were away from their home preparing as much as they could at Ba football academy and playing away from home would certainly be the toughest challenge for the players but we wish them the very best and pray for their success so that they can step up to the challenge and do Fijians proud.
OFC Champions League
Congratulations to Ba Football side for the fine performance winning at home last Saturday at Govind Park. They are not only representing the Ba district but they are playing for the whole nation. We have full confidence in the side to do wonders in the competition and be the first team from Fiji to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup. Ba will be playing Solomon Warriors today at their home ground and we also wish them all the best and we need to be supportive towards the success of the team. Team has been playing very well and the fans need to come out in big numbers and support them in whatever way they can to help Ba do well.
Player Movement
The second transfer window closed last Friday and lot of player movement application has been received by the football house. The district teams tried to secure the best players for their team and knowing the stiff competition this year every team wants to do well. We expect to see the best football by these teams and the teams at the bottom of the points table needs to perform well to stay in the Super Premier Division next year.
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The cutoff date has passed now and after the first round it is very clear which eight teams have qualified, and the hope and wish all the teams very best as they prepare for it.

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