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Fiji ready for Brazil test

Frank Farina’s men are using their South American trip as a dress rehearsal for the Rio Olympic Games in August.#The Fiji U-23 coach says facing a club like Atletico is the ideal preparation for the Olympics.#“They qualified for the Copa Libertadores last year, so they will be a quality side.#“They will play possession football and break very quickly on the counter,” Farina says.#“The Brazilian players are notable for their skills and their ability to play one-on-one. It will be a completely new level to what these boys are used to.”#Farina says his side is settling well in Brazil following the long flight.#He admits there were signs of fatigue during their first training session, nevertheless they are raring to go.#“To be honest the boys were a little bit flat at the start but they finished strongly.#“I think it’s to do with the travel, but they are ready for the game, we are all really looking forward to it.”#The matches in Brazil come on the back of a six-game tour of Spain in January.#Farina believes these trips are a part of a steep learning curve for his players.#“The boys that went on the Spain trip will be more experienced and will have a better idea of what to expect.” he says.#“That’s not to say that it will help, but that’s why we come on tours like this, to gain experience.#“Every player in that side will be very competent on the ball and they will be well structured.#“It’s going to be another experience and this is exactly why we come to places like Spain and now Brazil.”#The Fiji Olympic team will play two matches against Atletico Paranaense before taking on Club Figueirense, a side with three players from the Brazil national U-20 team.#They will finish their tour against Clube Parana which is second in the State competition.#Today’s line up. Goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau,defenders Alvin SIngh (C) Jale Dreloa,Filipe Baravilala,Manasa Nawakula. midfield Samuela Kautoga,Ratu Tevita Warainivalu, Nickel Chand.Strikers Napolioni Qasevakatini,Rusiate Matererenga and Samuela Nabenia.#The match kicks off today at 10am at Atletico Ground 6

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