July 11, 2022
Digicel National Women's Coach Lisa Cole says the players have lived up to expectations after registering consecutive wins in friendly games against Tonga and Cook Islands.
Cole said the back-to-back losses in friendly matches against the Philippines in Australia in April was a wake-up call for the side to improve their football before the OFC Women's Nations Cup.
"I arrived in the country in late February and we had a camp, then we had a trip to Australia with the Super League games.
So it's been over time that I've put together this group of strong players for the OFC nations cup to get a ticket for the FIFA Women’s qualifiers."
"In the two friendly games, what I saw was the players really fulfilling our expectations with the kind of performance-driven by them which we wanted to see and I think that’s a really great thing."
"I think it has some of our most veteran players in it as some of our younger players in it, and it really represents the country."
"I think what we've done is asked for a certain level of commitment, and the players in this group have been able to live up to our expectations like the extra things like caring about nutrition and caring for their fitness, making sacrifices on and off the field to make sure that they're prepared in the best way."
So it's a combination between their talent and then their determination and then their commitment to doing the right thing at the right moment."
Fiji will open its OFC campaign against the Solomon Islands at 7pm on Thursday before they face New Caledonia on Sunday at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.
By Romeka Romena