6 Jun 2015

Sport: Expectations build for Fiji footballers

11:12 am on 6 June 2015

Expectations have hit fever pitch ahead of Fiji's final group match at the Under 20 Football World Cup.

Thursday's historic 3-0 victory over Honduras has thrust the Melanesian minnows into the global football spotlight and given the team a genuine chance of qualifying for the Round of 16.

A win against Uzbekistan tomorrow afternoon would secure their place in the knockout rounds while a draw would also keep them in contention.

A spokesperson for the team, Indra Singh, admits that their success has caused a lot of people to sit up and take notice of their team, but says they're trying to keep everyone focused.

"The team has been told today is a new day, get back into the training modes and let's go play Uzbekistan like we're starting our tournament again. [We're] expecting a bumper crowd in Whangarei with the Fijian community so there will be a lot of pressure on the boys to deliver but these boys know that they need to handle this and this is the big stage, this is what they've been preparing for and to handle pressure is the first step to success".

The match kicks off at two o'clock local time.

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

Fiji under 20 football team Photo: PHOTOSPORT