REWA striker Kamal Hassan is top choice to spearhead Fiji’s attack at the Oceania Football Federation FUTSAL Championships in Suva next month.
The tournament will be held from June 8-14 at the Vodafone Arena and the national side will be out to utilise the home advantage to qualify for the World Cup.
Apart from Hassan, Labasa’s Dinesh Mudaliar, Sandip Nair, Intiaz Begg and his goalkeeper brother Azmat Begg are front runners for the 12-strong squad to be named today.
Lautoka duo, Alvin Avinesh and Avindra Naidu have shown consistent form.
A number of 11-a-side players are in contention are Mira Sahib, Asish Chand and Siga Ali.
The side will be coached by former rep Intiaz Khan who is confident of a good outing. Khan, who played for the Fiji in tyen shortened code said the preparations were going well.
“We have plans and the team will get together when the Fiji FACT ends,” Khan said.
The OFC Championship is held every four years with the winner progressing to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Brazil this September.
2008 marks the first championship since Australia switched confederations from OFC to Asia.
Australia has won the last four OFC FUTSAL Championships spanning back to 1992 and their absence will provide an opportunity for other OFC nations to attend their first FIFA FUTSAL World Cup.
Source : The Fiji Times
By : Indra Singh
Published : 23/5/2008