The Vodafone National football team will be marching into camp at the Fiji FA Academy in Ba on Monday, August 24.

National head coach Flemming Serritslev said the week-long camp, which ends on August 28, is part of the preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers.

“It’s a part of our preparation for the World Cup qualifiers.

“Since we do not know when the qualifiers will be, we need to be ready as soon as we get the message when those qualifiers will be played.

“We cannot wait to prepare until it is only one month away from the qualifiers,” he said.

Serritslev said a lot of new and young faces have been brought in for this camp.

He said he was happy that the coaches here have the courage to use the young players in the district teams.

“This time we have some young players in the squad. It’s not because they are present national team players but we want to see them among the experienced national team players how they are doing.

“Mostly likely next time we will try some other very young players in the camp.

“If they (young players) are good enough then they are also old enough,” he mentioned.

30-member extended squad:

Goalkeepers: Isikeli Junior Sevanaia (Ba), Akuila Mateisuva (Labasa), Vereti Dickson (Nadi), Beniamino Mateinaqara (Suva).

Defenders: Mitieli Naiviro (Ba), Lekima Gonerau (Labasa), Antonio Tuivuna (Labasa), Sitiveni Rakai (Labasa), Edward Aaron (Lautoka), Afraz Ali (Nadi), Sekove Naivakananumi (Nasinu), Inoke Turagalailai (Rewa), Simione Nabenu (Suva), Remueru Tekiate (Suva), Filipe Baravilala (Suva).

Midfielders: Abbu Zahid (Ba), Malakai Rakula (Lautoka), Muni Shivam Naidu (Lautoka), Thomas Dunn (Navua), Kavaia Rawaqa (Rewa), Patrick Joseph (Rewa), Anish Khem (Rewa), Tevita Waranivalu (Rewa), Ilisoni Logaivou (Labasa), Akeimi Ralulu (Labasa), Ashnil Raju (Labasa).

Strikers: Roy Krishna (ATK Mohun Bagan), Setareki Hughes (Rewa), Siotame Kubu (Labasa), Christopher Wasasala (Suva).

Anushil Kumar

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