The Fiji women’s national team has taken another step towards preparing for the OFC Nations Cup. The girls traveled to Sydney to play two friendly matches against the Philippines – national team that is qualified for the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup.
In the first clash Fiji lost 7-2; after trailing 6-0 at halftime, Cema Nasau and Adi Volitikoro managed to close the gap. The Philippines scored again within ten minutes to go.
In the second match the Philippines beat Fiji 8-0 showing all the quality of a national team that is qualified for the next edition of the women’s most important football of the world.
Even with the defeat, coach Lisa Cole praised the team’s performance and will. The coach said that the team is on the right track. Cole also stated that playing against high level teams is important for the development of women’s football in Fiji.
Fiji will probably only return to the field in the OFC women’s Nations Cup, a tournament that will also serve as a World Cup qualifier for Oceania. The winner of the tournament will qualify for an intercontinental playoff to battle for a spot at the FIFA women’s World Cup.