20 May 2015

Sport: Fiji U20 footballers hoping for final hit-out before World Cup

11:17 am on 20 May 2015

Fiji coach Frank Farina is hoping to arrange another hit-out for his players before their Under 20 Football World Cup opener at the start of next month.

The Fiji team have arrived in New Zealand fresh from playing two warm-up matches in Sydney against fellow World Cup finalists Mexico and Columbia.

Despite two defeats, Frank Farina says Fiji proved competitive and it was a valuable opportunity to play against some quality sides.

With two weeks to go until their first group match against Germany, he says they're hopeful of organising one more practice run.

"It's always difficult to organise a second-tier international match but we're hoping to get another game. Our first week now that we arrive in New Zealand will be based on match-conditioning for the players. Hopefully we will get a game around the 23rd [or] 24th [of May]. It's completely new for Fiji Football that they're in this situation so we've got to get everyone ready and prepared for this first game because it's a baptism of fire really, playing Germany first up, but hopefully we can be competitive and do well."

Fiji also play Honduras and Uzbekistan in their group.

Fiji arrives in New Zealand for the Under 20 Football World Cup.

Fiji arrives in New Zealand for the Under 20 Football World Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT