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More Friendly International Matches Plan

The Vodafone Fiji National team is likely to play four or five international friendly matches this year.

Speaking on FBC TV’s Vodafone Sport Lounge programme Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said there were plans to play some international friendly matches later this year.

He also confirmed that there was likelihood of a friendly match against Solomon Islands national team this month at ANZ Stadium.

“We are on talks with the Solomon Islands national team to play a friendly match few weeks before the match against New Caledonia, “Yusuf said.

He said Fiji Football had started moving further in terms of playing international matches.

“We have sent Coach Christophe Gamel, to some Asian countries last week to negotiate some international friendly matches and hopefully he will come back with something positive, “Yusuf said.

“Christophe went to Hong Kong and will come back with a good progress and our president Rajesh Patel will announce the names of the countries we will play with after we meet Christophe this week,”

He said there were a lot of international friendly matches coming up and we might also travel to Asian countries to play matches there.”

Yusuf said they want to increase the international matches to improve the football (FIFA) ranking and fans could see the team play.”

“We want to play some international friendlies so we could increase our ranking but there were lots of procedures to follow like we have to play in the FIFA Window to get our points counted, “he said.

The former national team manager said Fiji football was now taking a different approach to football.

“There was a massive positive feedback on social media after we played New Zealand in March and fans were happy with the possession football which the team played.

“We want to keep the momentum going.

“We want to get the feedback from the people and we love the criticisms as well, so we can improve ourselves because this is for the Fiji as a nation.”

Meanwhile, Fiji will host New Caledonia on June 7 at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

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