Schools turn up ahead of match schedule; FSSFA impressed with teams’ enthusiasm

Vunimono High School’s Shivneet Sami tries to block the shot from Tavua College’s Vilikesa Tumavana during their match in the U19 grade at the Digicel Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association Championship at Nadovu grounds in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

The Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association (FSSFA) has been impressed with the enthusiasm of the teams participating in its annual championship in Lautoka.

FSSFA president Aminesh Ram said it was after two years that they staged the tournament because of COVID-19.

He said the teams were so eager to play that they turned up before the match schedule.

“The games were supposed to start at 8am, but the teams were present at the ground one hour early,” Ram said.

“This is because there wasn’t much competition in the past few years.

“This year we have reduced the number of teams for the under-19 division.

“We wanted the champion teams from the district to come and play just because of the obvious reasons coming out of COVID-19. We want to go slow and there are a total of 12 teams in the U19 category, four U17 teams and four U15 teams.

“We have maintained the eight teams for the girls division. The idea is to promote girl’s football. The competition has been tough, but the interest is immense.

“We are so fortunate and proud and everybody is happy participating in our tournament.”

Results:

Nadroga Arya College 1-0 Tavua College (Girls Pool A), Xavier College 3-0 All Saints Secondary School (Girls Pool B), Vunimono High School 2-0 Vunimoli Islamia College (Girls Pool A), Vashist Muni 0-0 Sabeto College (Girls Pool B), Tavua College 2-0 Nadogo Secondary School, Xavier College 2-0 Vunimono High School (Under 19 Pool C) – Central College Lautoka 1-1 Sigatoka Methodist High School (Under 19 Pool B), AD Patel College Ba 0-0 Korovuto College (Under 19 Pool B), Xavier College 0-0 Vashist Muni College (Under 15), Tilak High School 1-0 Labasa College (Under 15).

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