‘Play for Francine’

THE Vodafone Fiji under-19 women’s football team will play the remainder of the 2017 Oceania Football Confederation U19 Championship for their colleague Francine Lockington, who died last Saturday after a short illness.

Coach Saroj Kumar said they played against Samoa with heavy hearts as players were affected with the loss of Lockington who was a member of the squad and had to be dropped from the team because of illness.

“Francine was our number one goalkeeper and when they came here to the ground on the bus, normally our team comes in singing, but today (on Sunday) they were in tears as they were thinking of a team member — Francine.

“The game was dedicated to Francine.

All Fiji’s games that we play from today (on Sunday) are for Francine,” he told OFC media.

“At first we were down because of what has happened.

“The girls were crying when they went inside the changing room at half-time. We tried to psych them up and boost their morale.”

Fiji has recorded a 4-0 win over Tonga and then lost to New Zealand 9-1 and drew with Samoa 2-2.

“We did well.

“Even with a player down, they showed the guts to come back and played even better than the first half (Samoa match).”

Fiji will play Papua New Guinea on Friday.

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