Kumar emphasizes on discipline ahead of semis

January 23, 2023 12:45 pm

There are a few areas the Baby Bula Boys will need to work on before the OFC Under-17 Championship semi-final match against New Zealand.

Fiji advanced safely to the last four following a 3-0 win over the Cook Islands however, there are concerns regarding the player’s discipline.

Three players were yellow-carded yesterday when tensions flared, a similar scenario that got Sailimone Ravonokula red-carded in the final pool match against Tonga just four days before the quarters.

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Head coach Sunil Kumar says this is something they have to address before the match against New Zealand.

“It’s a major area of concern for the team. We did talk to the boys are that game and we are going to iron this out before the semi-finals for sure as it is a big concern for us at the moment.”

Fiji will take on New Zealand in the second semi-final on Wednesday at 7pm at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

In the first semi-final at 4pm, New Caledonia will face Tahiti.

The winners will take the two qualifying spots for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru later this year.