5 Jun 2015

Sport: Historic win "still sinking in" for Fiji footballers

9:31 am on 5 June 2015

Fiji admit their historic 3-0 win over Honduras at the Under 20 Football World Cup is still sinking in.

Goals from Iosefo Verevou, Saula Waqa and this second half own goal gave the Melanesian minnows their first victory in just their second match at a FIFA tournament.

Saula Waqa scores Fiji's 2nd goal against Honduras in Christchurch.

Saula Waqa scores Fiji's 2nd goal against Honduras in Christchurch. Photo: FIFA

The boilover result is the first win by a team from Oceania at a men's Under 20 World Cup, since Australia left the confederation for Asia nine years ago.

A spokesperson for the team, Indra Singh, says the coaching staff are doing their best to temper rising expectations and keep everyone's feet on the ground.

"They've always been drilling it to the boys, to the team management and to the people back home as well that don't expect miracles from this team but the boys have just torn up the script yesterday and they've taken down the giants of Honduras. After the game [head coach] Frank Farina reiterated nothing is achieved yet, nothing is over, we've still got one game to go, lower expectations [and] don't expect too much of the team because a lot of people are already thinking about last 16 and quarter finals onwards. He said just [take] a game at a time but the biggest thing is Fiji is getting the exposure it needs in the world of football".

A win Sunday's final group match against Uzbekistan in Whangarei would seal a berth in the round of 16 while a draw would also keep Fiji in the playoff hunt.