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Swamy’s U17 squad named

Fiji is drawn in Group A alongside hosts Samoa, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and New Caledonia.#Head Coach, Kamal Swamy says it was difficult for him to name the team as the players have been outstanding in training.#“We have good blend of players in the squad with a strong accent on players capable of influencing the outcomes of games in the attacking third.”#“The players have proven their worth at training and preparation phase and now it is up to them to put it into practice, “Swamy said.#”We are working together well and we work together well with the district team and I think we will do well with this team and the boys are shaping up very well.”#Swamy has named Muni Shalit Reddy, Shoel Dildaar Khan, Fazeem Khan, Patrick Joseph, Amena Bolaitamana, Afraz Ali, Timoci Dovi and Rusiate Qio in midfield while Joela Biuvuna and Waisake Cakacaka will don the goalkeeper jerseys.#The rest of the players are Arami Manumanubai, Akeimi Ralulu, Adeel Ali, Shamron Prasad, Kartik Kumar, Simeli Batiratu, Alvish Naidu, France Kelepi Catarogo, Lino Roseru and Shavneel Deo.#The OFC U-17 Championship will be held in Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, from January 13-26 and will involve both the co-hosts, defending champions New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu.#All eleven teams will compete for Oceania’s sole qualification spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, set to be held in Chile from October 17 to November 8 this year.#The teams have been divided into two groups; each based in Samoa and American Samoa, and will play each other once in a round robin league system. The top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals to be held in Pago Pago on January 24.#A third place match and one-off final are scheduled two days later at the same venue with the winners qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.#New Zealand’s Young All Whites are the defending champions of Oceania at U-17 level after earning the title in 2013 in Luganville, Vanuatu, and going on to compete at that year’s #FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE where they exited at the group stage.#Avikash Chand#Fiji FA Media#

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