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Fiji ready to welcome Malaysia

Malaysia were beaten 2-0 by OFC Nations Cup runners-up Papua New Guinea before coming back to beat New Caledonia 2-1 earlier this week.
With coach Frank Farina expected to field a strong side for the encounter and expectation is high that the hosts will record a favourable result.
The group stage of the Fiji FACT kept most national team members in action following the OFC Nations Cup and national team director Tarunesh Reddy says the majority are now back in camp preparing for the upcoming friendly.
“All the players have joined the camp except for Avinesh Swamy who has work commitments,” he says.
“They’ve all been in action for some time so fitness should not be concern.”
It’s a point Farina backs having watched them in action for their respective district sides in the domestic tournament.
“I have seen the performance of the players during the Fiji FACT and I think fitness should not be the problem for them as they played three 90 minute games in three days.”
Fiji FA President is pleased to hosting Malaysia and says he hopes it shows that the association has headed fan requests for international friendlies on home soil.
“The fans have been barking for international friendlies and concern about our rankings but we have to look at a lot things to play an international match and I think it is the right time.
“It doesn’t stop here, we are pushing for more international friendly matches as we build up for Russia qualification in the World Cup.”
Fiji hosted Malaysia in a three match series in 2001. They lost the first match in Ba 2-1 before hitting back to secure the series with a 2-0 win in Suva and 4-1 victory in Lautoka.
Match Details:
Fiji vs. Malaysia
Prince Charles Parl, Nadi
Kick-off: 2pm
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