Fiji captain Savenaca Baledrokadroka believes that they have what it takes to do well in the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifiers on home soil.
Baledrokadroka had captained Fiji at the OFC U-19 Championship last year in Tahiti and this time around was given the task to the lead the national U-23 team for a place in Tokyo 2020 Olympic.
“The last we met was in Tahiti we didn’t make it through but I came out with the boys again we regrouped again,” he said.
“There is a good couple of boys that are here with me and I am sure we can do great in this tournament.”
The attacking midfielder was called up to the national team under the guidance of former Frenchman Christopher Gamel.
“Being with the national team was a very good privilege for me,” he added.
“I didn’t expect to be in the team but then through talent, dedication and hard work I made myself through thank our head coach Christopher Gamel”.
The 20-year-old already scored two goals in the Olympic qualifiers resulted from his clever runs into the attacking third of the pitch.
He is one of the experienced players in the team having played for the national team and Rewa in the Vodafone Premier League.
Baledrokadroka stressed playing at home comes with the pressure to deliver for the home fans.
“Coming out from the national team and joining the Under-23 gives me a new experience, the games are good and competition with this guys is a bit high,” he insisted.
“Together we’ve been working on activities outside the field it’s not only we bound during training sessions we have these curricular activities that we usually do which bound us well.
“Playing at home there is a lot of pressure we are not underestimating any team, every team has prepared well for this tournament. We will take every game as a final play our hearts out”.
Baledrokadroka and compatriots will take on Vanuatu on Saturday to decide who tops Group B and who takes on Group A top two teams New Zealand and the Solomon Islands.