National team director Anil Sharma said unlike past years, preparations would start early as Fiji bids for its first major regional Futsal title.
“I see no reason why we can’t qualify for a Futsal World Cup,” he said.
“Solomon Island has been dominating Oceania for so long and yet they don’t have a proper playing facility for Futsal while we have very good facilities.”
Sharma is hoping to sign Fiji’s next national Futsal coach from Solomon Islands.
“Solomon Island has made great progress in Futsal and Beach soccer. They have set high standards in Oceania and we shouldn’t be ashamed to seek assistance since they are better than us.”
“Navua has fielded two of Solomon Islands’ best players in James Naka (Beach soccer) and Jack Wetney (Futsal) at major tournaments. We need to be economical because we can’t afford going beyond Oceania to look for coaches.
“Through my connections I know qualified coaches in Solomon Islands who can do a better job with the national Futsal team.”
Sharma believes former national Futsal rep Intiaz Khan, who unsuccessfully coached the national team for the last couple of years needed to work with an experienced Futsal head coach.
A 48-member squad was released on Monday and players are to contact Fiji FA’s technical department for training details.
Rakiraki — Jale Vota, Ravneel Narayan
Ba — Aisea Codro, Christopher Daniel, Osea Vakatalesau, Rineswar Lal, Laisenia Tuba, Josaia Bukalidi, Anishkar Sharma
Lautoka — Kamal Hassan, Valerio Nawatu, Abu Sahid, Marika Madigi, Alifereti Baleiloa, Arvindra Naidu
Lautoka Andra Sangam — Epeli Kosa
Nadi — Mohammed Salim, Ratu Josefata Dugucagi, Afroz Ali
Nadroga — Simone Vesa, Sitiveni Watkins, Levi Tawake
Cuvu College — Vineet
Navua — Alvin Avinesh, Siga Ali, Ben Amino, Simione Tamanisau, Shonal Sharma, Michael Kumar, Monit Chand
Suva — Junior Dave, Joseph Mishra, Dinesh Mudaliar, Sandeep Nair, Nathan Kumar, Henry Dyer, Sedrick Dutt, Shashi Mahendra Singh, Kalivati Covu, David Wilson, Atish Veeran, Rishan Ram
Rewa — Marika Rodu, Ulaiyasi Tamanisau
Tavua College — Filimoni Delasau, Josaia Saga, Josaia Ratu, Sanjay Dutt