FIJI Football Association vice-president Yogeshwar Singh has put up challenge to the Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association to make a team and tour overseas.
He made the comments at the launch of the 2017 Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Football Championship at Vodafone Fiji headquarters in Tamavua last Saturday.
Singh said- “I have made this challenge before and once again I am putting up the challenge to the executives of FSSFA to make a team and tour overseas.
“We had our school teams making overseas tours before and it is not happening now and I am sure there will be lot of support if they do that.”
“The secondary schools competition he said had played and an important role in the development of football in the country and with the overseas tour there will be more exposure and experience to the players.
The former Nausori Town mayor said Fiji Football Association was fully committed in the development of football from the grassroots and they had put their full support behind Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association.
“The Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel and its Board have full commitment on the development of football from grassroots.”
He also urged secondary schools teachers to work with Fiji FA technical department to develop football in the country.
“Teachers played an important role in guiding and moulding players from an early age.
He said he wanted teachers to help Ravinesh Kumar (Fiji FA technical director) to have coaching and refereeing clinic so that they can have their own referees in future and we are also having qualified coaches.
“The competition has played an important role in the past years in terms of player and football development in the country. A lot of players emerged in such competitions such as Roy Krishna.”
Singh said the Under-19 girls got a silver medal and it was an honour for them and they had done a lot to see the sport played in primary and the secondary schools,” Singh said.
He announced an extra eleven thousand dollars from Fiji Football for the girls competition during the championship.
“We gave $25,000 from our sponsorship deal from Vodafone Fiji towards the championship and we also injected $11,000 for the girl’s competition.
The competition will be played from August 13-16.
U19 boy’s pool draws:
Pool A- Labasa College, Tavua College, Cuvu College, Central College, Baulevu High School
Pool B- Shri Gurunanak Khalsa College, Kamil Muslim College, Natabua High School, Sigatoka Methodist High School, Vashist Muni College
Pool C- All Saints Secondary School, Balata High School, Nadi Muslim College, DAV College (Suva), Gospal High School
Pool D- Savusavu Secondary School, Nukuloa College, Nadi Sangam College, St. Vincent College, Vunimono High School
U15 boys: Seaqaqa Central College, Baulevu High School, AD Patel College, Cuvu College
U17 boys: Seaqaqa Central College, Nadi Muslim College, Vashist Muni College, Kamil Muslim College
Girls grade: All Saints Secondary, Savusavu Secondary School, Labasa College, Shri Gurunanak Khalsa College, DAV College Suva, Gospel High School, Vashist Muni College, Saint Vincent College, Vunimono High School, Natabua High School, Central College, Nadi Muslim College, Nadi Sangam College, Cuvu