The Fiji women’s team is another Pacific team to leave their country to prepare for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup. Fiji will head to Australia for four friendly matches; two against local Sydney teams and two official friendlies against the Philippines – national team that is already qualified for the 2023 FIFA World Cup.
The first match will be played against Westfield Sports High and then on 2nd April against APIA Leichardt. Both matches will be a preparation for the two friendlies against the Philippines – team that reached the semifinals of the AFC Asian Cup and qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time.
The matches against the Philippines will be on April 7th and 11th. Lisa Cole – the national team coach – said she wants to give the team playing time and it comes with who she can count on for the OFC Nations Cup. She also said that the squad is still open and that there may be new additions to the squad before the tournament that will take place in July this year. 20 players have traveled to Australia while the rest are waiting for their visas to get fully ready to leave for Sydney.
The Women’s OFC Nations Cup will take place in July and will also serve as a FIFA World Cup qualifier – the winners will go to Australia to compete in the intercontinental playoff for a spot for the most important women’s tournament of the world.