13 Jun 2015

Sport: Pacific Games places up for grabs Fiji

11:31 am on 13 June 2015

Pacific Games spots are on the line for the Fiji Olympic football team, who are competing in the inaugural Four Nation's Friendship Cup in Port Vila from this afternoon.

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The Fiji Under 23 team is using the tournament as preparation for next month's Games in Port Moresby, which doubles as the Oceania qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics.

New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and hosts Vanuatu are the other participating teams.

Fiji coach Juan Carlos Buzzetti says players involved in their Under 20 World Cup campaign are being rested for the Vanuatu trip so it's a chance for the others to stake a claim.

"Some of the Under 20s will join us after and we need to make decisions so for the boys it's performance time. We want to see how they perform at this level: some of them have a lot of experience [and] some of them they don't but they're playing very well in this moment. It just is a question to see, identify how many players we want to select from this group and bring the Under 20s and see which ones of them will make it."

In today's first round of matches, New Caledonia take on Vanuatu and Fiji face Solomon Islands.