October 18, 2017
16-year-old Ba sensation Kishan Sami has been included in the 32-member Vodafone Fiji national training squad for the upcoming international friendly match against Estonia on November 19 in Suva.
The former Fiji U17 rep featured strongly for losing finalist Ba in the 2017 Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) in Lautoka over the weekend and impressed the national selectors.
He is the youngest member of the squad which also features Nadroga’s Shalvin Singh and Paulo Buke together with Tavua’s Vilitati Kautoga.
Lautoka midfield Zibraaz Sahib returns to national duties for the first time this year after missing the previous camps due to family and work commitments while rugged Nadi defender Ame Votoniu gets his first call-up.
Labasa utility Antonio Tuivuna gets his first call-up after last year’s Olympic Games while Rewa’s Iosefo Verevou, Tevita Waranaivalu and Madhavan Goundar have missed the cut.
And interestingly, the Golden Ball and Golden Boot winners in the IDC- Abbu Zahid (Ba), Shahil Dave (Suva) and Tomasi Tuicakau (Nadroga) have also not been considered.
Former Fiji U20 striker Altaaf Sahib, Shravan Sharma and Captain Roy Krishna are the three overseas based players in the squad.
The squad marches into camp at the Fiji FA Academy in Ba on Sunday and Coach Christophe Gamel will trim down the team after the first week of training.
Fiji squad- Simione Tamanisau (Rewa), Tevita Koroi (Suva), Waisake Ravuiwasa (Dreketi), Epeli Loaniceva (Rewa), Shaneel Naidu (Labasa), Remueru Tekiate (Ba), Laisenia Raura (Ba), Junior Narendra Rao (Ba), Kishan Sami (Ba), Sitiveni Cavuilagi (Ba), Samuela Nabenia (Ba), Amani Makoe (Labasa), Antonio Tuivuna (Labasa), Christopher Wasasala (Lautoka), Kolinio Sivoki (Lautoka), Zibraaz Sahib (Lautoka), Dave Radrigai (Lautoka), Kavaia Rawaqa (Lautoka), Napolioni Qasevakatini (Nadi), Ame Votoniu (Nadi), Rupeni Rabici (Nadi), Paulo Buke (Nadroga), Shalvin Singh (Nadroga), Roy Krishna (NZ), Shravan Sharma (NZ), Altaaf Sahib (NZ), Epeli Saukuru (Rewa), Misaele Draunibaka (Rewa), Jonetani Buksh (Rewa), Setareki Hughes (Suva), Epeli Leiroti (Suva), Vilitati Kautoga (Tavua).
By Reginald Chandar