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  • Fiji lost the opener 2-1 but soon found their feet fifa coins in the second, securing a 2-2 draw against the New Zealand-based A-League club. “The Phoenix matches were good for us to play against a professional team, which is rare for us,” Buzzetti said. “We took a lot from those games. We could see in the games that the players have improved dramatically, both tactically and individually."

    Buzzetti knows a thing or two about success in the Pacific. The veteran Uruguayan-born Australian has achieved much during a 15-year spell in Vanuatu and Fiji, overseeing several milestone moments in both nations’ football development. He is also a former Fiji Technical Director and his imprint is all over the national football academy, where so many of Fiji’s youth national team members learnt their trade.

    “The national team players are more mature, and are more complete,” Buzzetti says when asked to compare the current generation to those wearing the national team shirt a decade ago. “The majority of the players are in the 20s, and they have all played in the junior national teams, and that has added to their international exposure. The new generation of players are quick and mature. The core of the players came from the last Olympic squad (of 2012), and also a couple from the current U-23 and U-20s.”

    Now the challenge ahead is to take the senior team to another level, and Buzzetti says the basic building blocks are in place. “Last time (at the OFC Nations Cup) there was an immaturity which was costly,” he said. “In general the national team looks good. We have a good chance of giving everyone a real run for their money at the Nations Cup. I think we have a good chance of a top-four finish or even reaching the final.”

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