A thirty two member extended Vodafone Fiji national under 16 girls team are currently going under trials at Fiji Football Association Academy in Suva.
Newly appointed coach of the team Marika Rodu said it was a big challenge for him to coach the team but was happy to be given the opportunity to guide the young girls for the championship.
“Of course it is going to be a big challenge for me but I am more than happy to take it because these girls really need the football knowledge and I am very proud to work with these girls,”Rodu said.
The 2016 Fiji FA Coach of the Year said the girls a had a dream to represent the country and win the OFC Under 16 Championship.
“I want to make sure they prepare very well so that they can improve their ability to play football and increase their game understanding and at the same time, they go back after this journey and improve to become a good football players, “the former national rep said.
Rodu said looking at the time factor his focus was to work more on technical skills.
“Well looking at the time factor my focus will be working on technical skills, possession, passing ,defending, attacking and at the same time we will focus on the team structure and team shape and I hope have enough time to go to the individual level, “he said.
The former Rewa rep said they had some talented players in the camp.
‘We have some talented girls, they have physics there, and they have enthusiasm and want to be part of the national squad and are putting their hands up from day one.
Rodu said he would start working on the way the team needs to play and see if they could cope with his needs.
“I will be selecting 25 members from this camp which will be part of the second phase and will come back in term two before the championship,”Rodu said,
The 2017 OFC Under 16 Girls Championship will be held in Samoa in August.