Fiji U20 football side to work more on their defence in order to win the World Cup

By: Irfaan Khan


Screen shot 2015-05-26 at 7.51.10 PMThe Fiji Under-20 men’s football side finished their preparation for the FIFA U-20 World Cup yesterday with a 7 – nil loss to Hungary in Hamilton.

Fiji was 5 – nil down at the break and will need more work in defense if they are to avoid a huge score line in the World Cup.

Fiji also lost a couple of games in Australia against Mexico and Colombia, losing 3- nil and 2-1 respectively.

The Vodafone Fiji Under-20 football team’s last warm-up match ahead of the FIFA World Cup didn’t go well in New Zealand.

Fiji was up against Hungary – who are also in New Zealand to compete in the World Cup.

The match was played in very cold conditions with temperatures as low as 7 Degrees Celsius.

This may have affected our players as Hungary opened the scoring through a penalty in the 12th minute.

Fiji was under pressure from the start and this resulted in the second goal – as defenders failed to clear from their goal line.

Hungary went 3 – nil up from this set piece play.

Fiji team goalkeeper Misiwane Nairube had a tough day under the cross bar – as another mistake from the defenders allowed Hungary to score their fourth, as the defense scrambled time and again.

Fifth goal was a classic from a Hungary player – no chance for Nairube to stop the ball from going inside the net.

Coach Frank Farina then replaced Nairube for Ashneel – who made a few good saves but Hungary were the far better side – scoring two more goals through some good work from the flanks.

Final score, Hungary 7 – Fiji nil.

There’s less than a week to go now before Fiji’s under 20 soccer team make their debut at the World Cup in New Zealand.

And what a start it promises to be, with the young Fijians set to play Germany in Christchurch next Monday.

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