20 Aug 2015

Sport: Fiji football thumps Tonga, targets Asia matches

11:50 am on 20 August 2015

Fiji Football is in talks to play a series of matches in Asia during the upcoming FIFA international windows, as focus turns towards preparing the senior team for next year's World Cup qualifiers.

The home side thrashed Tonga 5-0 in a friendly match in Ba last night and also play American Samoa in Nadi next week, with both teams preparing for the first round of Oceania Football World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month.

Malakai Tiwa opened the scoring in the 7th minute, with Alvin Singh and Osea Vakatalesau also finding the back of the net to give the hosts a 3-0 halftime lead.

Tiwa doubled his tally ten minutes into the second spell before Napolioni Qasevakatini made it 5-0 from the penalty spot ten minutes from full-time.

Fiji Football National Team Director Taranesh Reddy says they are working hard to secure more games for the senior team, before joining the second round of Oceania qualifiers in May.

"We are talking to some of the Asian countries. We don't want to go and play one match or two matches and come back because it's going to be a huge cost, so we are looking at at least playing three or four matches when the window is open so at least we can balance ourself up and at least by the end of the year we have at least played seven matches".

Taranesh Reddy says the country's success at the Under 20 World Cup and in qualifying for the Rio Olympics has increased the interest from overseas teams in playing Fiji.

Fiji line-up before taking on the Wellington Phoenix.

Fiji line-up before taking on the Wellington Phoenix. Photo: Fiji FA Media