The Vodafone Fiji under 20 side wrapped up its Australian tour with a draw in both build up matches ahead of their title defense at the OFC U-20 Championship in Vanuatu.
The Yogendra Dutt-coached side held Newcastle Jet U-20 side 3-3 in their last match on Tuesday and drew with Rydalmere FC 1-1 in their first game a week ago.
Dutt said the tour matches had been very positive as it gave us an opportunity to build our combinations.
“The first match was bit shaky but the boys regrouped in the second match and showed a lot of enthusiasm and commitment.
He said they were down in both matches but came from behind to hold the professional clubs in Sydney.
“In our first match we were down by a goal and the boys came back firing and equalized and the same was in the second match where were losing by two goals and the boys kept fighting and scored two goals and then again we went down 3-2 and we managed to equalised.
The former Ba coach said that result in the tour does not matter as they were there to learn more in a new and different environment.
“Our objective was to play build-up matches in different environment and give the boys opportunity to play quality opponents and learn more, which has been achieved,”Dutt said.
The former school teacher said they have prepared well for the championship with the tour and have tested different players with different combination which has been fruitful.
“Our boys are ready to defend their title as we have seen their eager in the build-up matches.
“They fought hard in both the matches, “said Dutt.
In the first match captain Matiasi Toma scored while in the second match Leeroy Jennings scored two goals while Don Raju scored the equaliser.
Fiji plays its first match against Vanuatu this Saturday at 3pm at Port Villa Stadium in Vanuatu.
Meanwhile Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel has urged all Fijians to support the team as they fly the Fiji flag.
Patel has put an incentive of $50 000 for the players to share if they qualify as the winner and $30 000 if the boys to share if they qualify as runner-up.