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By Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel

It is a pleasure to share a short message in this weekly column as the Fiji Football Association gears up for a busy month.
FIFA Congress
A three-member delegation that includes myself, Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar and vice president Yogeshwar Singh will represent Fiji Football Association at the 2013 FIFA congress to be held May 30-31, 2013 in Mauritius.
At the congress various issues concerning football will be discussed and few reforms are expected to be passed.
The Oceania Football Confederation annual congress will also coincide in the week leading up to the FIFA meeting.
I believe the congress is important for Fiji FA as this will provide the opportunity to raise our concerns in bringing forward more initiatives for the national football body.
Oceania Champions League
The 2013 Oceania Champions League concluded last weekend as Auckland City was declared the winner.
It was positive to note that Ba player Sanni Issa was the recipient of the golden boot award.
The hearts of the football fans may have been broken as the Ba side stumbled at the semifinal stage.
The 2013 season is history now and it is important to learn the valuable lessons for the 2014 Champions League.
There are few teams in the running for the Fiji Sun GP Batteries National Football League title and I encourage them to give their best as the winner will represent Fiji at the next OFC Champions League.
There are few initiatives lined up for our representative next season and more details will be revealed soon.
ANZ Stadium
The newly renovated sports facility now known as the ANZ Stadium in Suva last Sunday accommodated three football matches.
I must compliment the Sports Council for the wonderful facilities which perfectly served our needs.
The venue is perfect for football and I’m sure with the Vodafone Fiji FACT scheduled to take place at this venue next month it should provide excitement for the fans and players.
Path ahead

The next two years will be a vital one for Fiji Football Association as various World Cup playoffs are lined up.
In 2015 I believe we have the best chance of qualifying for the FIFA under 20 World Cup as New Zealand will not be part of the playoffs.

NZ later that year is hosting the FIFA U20 World Cup and as host they will gain an automatic entry.
At the same time this does not mean that other countries will be weak.
We will have to work hard and our planning is underway on what we will do in the next two years. The game plan is expected to be finalised soon.
We have time on our hands and we will look for the best preparation.
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