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Fiji U23 still coming to grips with qualification

July 13, 2015 12:12 am

The Vodafone Fiji Under-23 football side is still coming to grips with its first ever qualification for the Olympic Games.

The national team beat Vanuatu 4-3 on penalty kicks to earn a spot in the 2016 Rio Games.

Speaking to FBC Sports from Papua New Guinea, national coach Juan Carlos Buzzetti says the team has done the nation proud.

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“Last night was crazy. It was an incredible feeling and so difficult to describe. Everyone was jumping and while we just promised to be quiet, but you can’t confine yourself with the situation and feeling. To qualify for the Olympic Games is a double history because Fiji never qualified for the Olympics and also no island team has ever qualified, because it’s always been Australia and New Zealand before and it’s a big history for us.”

Meanwhile, the U23 team takes on New Caledonia in the Pacific Games semi-final on Wednesday.

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