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We’re there to Learn and Gain Exprience ,Says Kumar

Fiji will be making their debut against European champions Germany in their opening Group F match in Christchurch on 30th May#But while Fiji could hardly have picked a tougher baptism than an opening match against one of the competition’s true heavyweights, coach Ravinesh Kumar sought to accentuate the positive.#”Getting Germany is fantastic for us,” he insisted. #”We could have had an easier start, it’s true, but to play the European champions at this level – world champions at senior level – is an amazing opportunity for our players. #They are sure to learn from it and it will be invaluable for their development. We also know that we will be able count on plenty of support from all the Fijians living in New Zealand, particularly for a game like this.”#But while Myanmar are targeting a place in the last 16, Kumar admitted that his debutants will approach the tournament with more modest expectations. “Realistically, this will be a learning experience for Fiji,” he told #”It’s our first time at this tournament, or at any World Cup, and it will all be new for our players. We want to do well and to make a name for ourselves, but our country is 192nd in the world (in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking) and it’s an honour for us just be among the 24 teams here.”#Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel says it’s a good pool as we have two Asian teams, Honduras and Uzbekistan together with European champion Germany.#“We shouldn’t be complaining but I would say it’s going to be great competition.#Vodafone Fiji U-20 coach Frank Farina says they have begun to map out plans on how they will encounter Germany, Uzbekistan and Honduras.#”We are going in as infants in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and we can hold our heads high if we can get some credible results.”#Former Socceroo’s Farina said they can have hopes and dreams but they also have to be realistic as they will be facing some of the best in the World.#“Our players are excited as they will experience something which nobody in the history of Fiji Football has ever experienced.#

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