25 Apr 2016

Sport: Fiji footballers fly out for Olympic preview

10:56 am on 25 April 2016

Fiji's Olympic football squad will get an early taste of what to expect in Brazil over the next fortnight.

The squad flies to South America today for a four-match tour against local Brazilian teams, as part of their preparations for the Rio Games in August.

Fiji have been drawn in a difficult Olympic pool, alongside reigning champions Mexico, European giants Germany and Asian heavyweights South Korea.

Fiji Football National Teams Director Taranesh Reddy said, after spending three weeks in Spain at the start of the year, playing in Brazil will be another massive step in their preparations.

"The most important thing for us is to expose our players to that level of football and those countries...and once we come back then we will finalise the squad then we will be exposing some more players from this Olympic team in the (Oceania) Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea."

The Fiji Olympic football team takes on Spanish side Levante.

Fiji toured Spain in January and will now play four matches in Brazil. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna is not travelling with the Olympic squad, as he takes some time to rest following an injury-affected A-League season, but will feature in the national set-up upon their return.

Taranesh Reddy said about half of the national team to compete at the Nations Cup next month will be selected from Fiji's Olympic training squad.