July 01, 2021
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Rodu upbeat about Oceania prep

National women’s football coach Marika Rodu is optimistic that preparations will get back on track in the near future.

Rodu says the COVID-19 pandemic has held things back but is certain that they start their preparation before the 2022 women’s OFC Nations Cup.

“The tentative dates have been already set. We just have to make a promising start as we begin our training for 2022. The situation is Fiji is not allowing any sporting activities to go as per scheduled and we did have some plans lined up.”

“Well, for now, everything depends on how quickly the pandemic ends and we get back on the field. July 2022 is not far away as we have already crossed half a year. We have a lot in our baskets and decisions to make so that our girls are prepared to take on the hard task,” Rodu said.

The women’s had their last camp in April with 29 females reps, but Rodu says the need is still there to have more football competitions running in Fiji is necessary.

“We are fortunate to have some women’s competition in the country and also our camp while I have planned another five camps. The camps allow the national team reps to meet and train together because, during league, players are scattered.”

“Our first camp was short and we did try to meet our aim while we had to return home due to the pandemic. I think as the pandemic ends, we really need to get back on the field and take part in the competitions.”

“We did advise our players to stay healthy and don’t get distracted by the pandemic. The players can do their personal training at home as we are always in contact with them. They know the areas they need to work on and we just hope to meet soon as a team,” Rodu added.

By Romeka Romena  

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