Fiji FA targets schools

FIJI Football Association vice-president Yogeshwar Singh has called on the secondary schools teachers to work with Fiji FA technical department to develop football in the country.

He made the comments at the launch of the 2017 Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Football Championship at Vodafone Fiji headquarters in Tamavua on Friday.

Singh said teachers played an important role in guiding and moulding players from an early age.

“Our under-19 girls got a silver medal and it is an honour for them and we have done a lot to see this sport played in primary and the secondary schools,” Singh said.

“I want 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.”

Vodafone Fiji gave $25,000 towards the tournament while Fiji FA injected $11,000 for the girls competition.

Fiji Secondary School Football Association president, Aminesh Ram said he expected a tough competition from the teams.

“Schools have been fighting tooth and nail to qualify and it shows the interest is growing following the success of our national team and under-20 team. People are not taking football seriously so that is where we come in,” he said.

“At the end of the day we want football to be the winner.

“This is the first time where we will have 11 girls football teams in the competition and Fiji FA had been very supportive.”

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 College, Sigatoka Methodist College, Kamil Muslim College, Nukuloa College, Balata High School, Tavua College

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