Being a young skipper does not deter Mira Sahib from thinking like a veteran as he leads the national side into the Vodafone FUTSAL Oceania Football Confederation World Cup play-offs which started last night.Fiji played New Caledonia in its opening match and the rugged Suva defender has been given the nod by coach Intiaz Khan to lead Fiji’s campaign and despite being only 24-years old. He has a lot of experience in the code.
Sahib is the only survivor from the side which took part in the competition in 2004.
“I am very proud to be named captain and this is my first time to be skipper of the national side.”
Sahib said the team was like a family and the bond in the players made his job easier.
“The bond among the players is very strong,” he said. “Their spirits are high.”
However, he has taken caution that his side, despite being the hosts, have not played any international matches in their build-up.
“We haven’t been tested and this is what will happen when the tournament starts.”
Khan said Sahib was appointed because of his experience, among other factors.
“He played in the last tournament and has the respect of other players,” Khan said.
Fiji team: Alvin Avinesh, Arvindra Naidu Azmat Begg, Imtiaz Begg, Dinesh Mudaliar, Sandeep Nair, Kamal Hassan, Wasim Ali, Siga Ali, Ashish Chand Vikash Prasad, Mira Hussein Sahib.
Source : The Fiji Times
Published : 9/6/2008