The Vodafone National Women’s team has set its eyes to the upcoming Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia next month.
The winner of this competition books its ticket to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year.
Head coach Marika Rodu knows what it takes to prepare a team for such competitions on a big stage.
Fiji played two international friendlies against Samoa last week and Rodu said it served its purpose.
“Definitely while we wanted to win the friendlies, at the same we swapped players around as we really worked hard in the last few days.
“Despite the low scoring margin in the second game, we are still optimistic of how we want the girls to play.
“They made a lot of mistakes in this game but its something that we are open to and hopefully they will build this game and come back focused in the camp.”
Rodu said a lot needs to be polished before the team leaves for New Caledonia.
“All I can guarantee is that it is going to be tough. We’ll keep pushing the girls, target them mentally, technically and try to push them physically to the limit, keeping track on their performance, discussing things with them, we want to on a permanent ‘how’ kind of thing.
“At the moment there are some grey areas within their performance, especially decision making, but we would like to see that those things clear out before the Nations Cup.”