Representatives abroad should come here to prepare

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Six months away from the playoffs, Serristlev intends to reunite the players before they leave for the playoffs.

Fijian football head coach Flemming Serritslev in Ba earlier this year. Photo: Fiji FA Media

All overseas-based players will need to gather in the country before traveling to Qatar in March next year, to take part in Oceania’s qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

That was the message from Fijian football head coach Digicel, Flemming Serristlev.

Six months away from the playoffs, Serristlev intends to reunite the players before they leave for the playoffs.

“I am constantly in contact and communicate well with our players based abroad in terms of availability for the competition,” he said.

“We try to get them all to camp here at home.

“Ba’s football academy is the perfect place. They will have to come but they will have to obey FIFA rules in terms of availability of clubs and players.

“I understand their clubs will want to use them, but it all depends on the window of opportunity these players have.

“Once their clubs release them, they will then have to go home, self-quarantine and join the team’s camp. “

He added that given the short time to prepare for qualifying, they are awaiting government approval for the team to camp.

“I think we will prepare everything as soon as we get the government’s authorization,” he said.

“We submitted our application to the Ministry of Health because we want to start.

“Most of our players and officials are fully vaccinated, including our staff at the Ba Football Academy.

“This is where we’ll be camping, so it’s good to mention that they are fully vaccinated.

Now more people and players are vaccinated, with the borders open we will organize a bubble where we can have friendly matches with local teams. “

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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