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U16 Girls battle

The Vodafone U16 Girl’s Youth League kicked off last weekend in the Southern Division at Fiji FA Academy Ground in Vatuwaqa.

Northland Tailevu, Tailevu Naitasiri and Navua started the competition with a bang registering wins with huge goal margins.

Tailevu Naitasiri walloped Rewa under-16 girl’s side 8-0, Northland Tailevu thrashed Suva 11-0 while Navua smashed Nasinu 13-0.

Vodafone Fiji women’s coach Marika Rodu said the winning teams were more experienced and that was the reason for goals galore.

“Looking at the winning teams they are more experienced side after playing for their U19 and senior teams as well the losing teams were first timers but hats off to them as they showed their courage in taking the more experience sides” said Rodu.

“Some of the players are new to football but changing our policies in allowing the girl’s play in one grade like U16 to play for U16 team and U19 girls play for their respective U19 teams was the reason for some of the team’s downfall.”

“Look at the trend the Navua U19 side lost to Nasinu 2-0 while Tailevu Naitasiri U19 lost to Rewa just because most of the experience players played for U16 and we are happy that there is development in women’s football where we see huge interest from them under this new policy,” said Rodu.

Rodu said Fiji FA development officers would be assisting the new teams in their preparation.

“Some of these girls played football for the first time as a team and we need to teach them basics and we will go and mold them to become better players,” said Rodu.

Meanwhile in the Vodafone Girl’s U19 Youth League Rewa won 1-0 against Tailevu Naitasiri, Northland Tailevu trashed Suva 5-0 while Nasinu won 2-0 againt Navua.

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