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By Fiji Football Association President Rajesh PatelPresidents Corner

#Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Under 17 Playoffs#The stage is set for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Under 17 World Cup playoffs which will begin next Wednesday in Vanuatu.#Like any other nation at the playoffs, Kappa Fiji will also be gunning for a berth in the FIFA under 17 World Cup.#In preparation for these playoffs everything did not go according to plan as numerous number of players are school students and their education was needed to be respected.#But nonetheless the National coaches have been working hard and we have a good squad in place and I’m sure the players will play their hearts out in a bid for glory. #Like the recent U20 playoffs the U17’s will also be played on a round robin format which means there will be no semi’s or final. #The six participating teams will face each other and the team with the highest number of points will automatically qualify for the U17 World Cup.#Like our U20’s please support our young troops. #At the end of the day it is a perfect chance for Fiji Football Association to expose a group of players at the international stage which will indeed be a good investment for the future.#I would like to wish the U17 head coach Kamal Suwamy well. The players have been reminded of the task and I’m sure they will try their best to make us proud.# #Oceania Champions League#The Ba side play their first home game in the 2013 Oceania Champions League this Saturday when they face Papua New Guinea club Hekari United.#On this note I would like to congratulate the Ba side for the wonderful performance which sees them lead Group A with 4 points at the moment.#Away matches are always tough but Ba withstood the onslaught and did the country proud.#But the task is not over yet as the competition has not reached its mark. Ba host Hekari United and then three days later Solomon Warriors at Govind Park.#Maximum points from this two games would no good be the first major step in booking a spot in the semi-finals of the Oceania Champions League.#Ba fa has also been notified of withdrawal of digicel sponsorship and failure to do that they will face big disciplinary actions and other actions which may arise . #I hope good sense prevails. #Looking at this clash this Saturday, Hekari will have the services of few of our local players. #This should set the platform for an interesting clash and I urge the general public to come out in numbers and support the Ba side for their next two matches.#

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