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U17 Visualise FIFA World Cup

The Vodafone Fiji National under 17 sides dream to feature in the FIFA under 17 World Cup was shattered after the side loss 0-5 against New Zealand in their last pool match last Sunday in Tahiti.

The Nigel Khan captained side drew 1-1 against Solomon Islands and won 3-0 against Samoa and needed a draw against the All Whites to qualify for the semi of the Oceania Football Confederation under 17 play offs.

Coach Shalen Lal said they lost to a better team.

“We performed well in the first half may be these young boys lost hope after the third goal, “he said.

Lal said they came out prepared to face the All Whites as they knew a loss would put them out of contention.

“The Boys had the mind set to go up firing for first 15 minutes and as usual New Zealand worked on the game plan and scored in the first 15 minutes and shuttering our hopes.

FIJI Football Association technical director Ravinesh Kumar was disappointed with the performance of the team in the 2017 OFC World Cup qualifiers in Tahiti.

Kumar said he was not happy with the result against New Zealand.

“We will wait for the team to arrive home and we will then discuss things with the coaches,” he said.

“The results are disappointing.

“We will analyse the whole situation and get deep into what had happened and come up with a solution as to why it happened and where we went wrong.”

Fiji needed a draw against New Zealand to book a place in the semi-final but the side was hammered 5-0 by the Junior All Whites on Sunday.

Kumar said they would now wait for the report from the Vodafone Fiji under-17 team management to find out the reasons for not making it through the qualifiers.

“When I say we will analyse the process, it means starting from January last year when we got them in the camp,” he said

“We will still keep them in the under-18 league and most probably we will get the team in the regional academy program, but it is not going to be on a full-time basis.

“We will draw up a calendar and call them in training and call up some other players who were born in 1999.”

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