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Bula Boys ready for battle

The Vodafone Fiji U19 Football team is not leaving any stones unturned as they prepare to meet Vanuatu in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U19 Championship at Stade Fautaua in Tahiti this afternoon.
Head coach Bal Sanju Reddy knows the uphill battle his team will face in its opening match.
He has reminded the young Bula Boys how important the first match would be.
“I think Vanuatu has always been a real force in OFC.
“With all due respect to Vanuatu, I know they will be up there because they qualified for the last world cup.
“They’ve tasted victory once and they’ll be coming out fighting and I think they’ll be a good team to play with.”
The team reached Tahiti on the early hours of Friday and has already had three training sessions prior to the match.
The match kicks-off at 4pm (Fiji Time).
In the second match, Fiji plays group B favourites Solomon Islands at 1pm this Friday before taking on New Caledonia in the final pool match next Monday at 4pm.
The two finalists will book their tickets to the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland next year.
Fiji: 1. Mohammed ALAM (GK), 2. Mohammed RASASA, 3. Semi MATALAU, 4. Apisai SESEWA, 5. Sekove NAIVAKANANUMI, 6. Mohammed NAIZAL, 7. Phillip LEONG, 8. Joeli RANITU, 9. Merril NAND, 10. Mohammed KHAN, 12. Kishan SAMI, 13. Savenaca BALEDROKROKA, 14. Tito VODOWAQA, 15. Iliesa RAKUKA, 16. Ratu DAU, 17. Shivam NAIDU, 18. Isake NADUVU, 19. Peni TUIGULAGULA, 20. Asaeli BATIKASA (GK)
Coach : Bal REDDY (FIJ)
Vanuatu: 1. Dgen LEO (GK), 2. Tarilolo HINGE, 3. Lorenzo OBED, 4. Junior BULE, 5. Julio VAHIRUA, 6/ Tom SAKSAK, 7. Jordy TASIP, 8. Presley ALICK, 9. Jean-Claude BATICK, 10. Micah TOMMY, 11. Jayson TARI, 12. Nelsin RAWOR, 13. Brian TARI, 14. Abert VANVA, 15. Rhydley NAPAU, 16. Jack WILLIE, 17. Zidane MAGUEKON, 18. Anthony PELI, 19. Waiwo KALMET, 20. Joshua WILLIE (GK)
Coach: Kaison MAKI (VAN)

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