The Fiji Football Association starts once again its process to find a new head coach for the men’s national team; the experienced coach from Denmark Flemming Serritslev – that conceded an exclusive interview to Oceania Football Center – is set to depart from the coaching position as the Fiji FA advertised the spot Flemming was occupying. The contract of the 75-year-old coach experienced last 31st January.
“We did negotiate for an extension but I think he needed to go and consult his family and rest. As for the Immigration requirements, we need to advertise again and hopefully, we get someone very quick“, said Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf to local media – the Fiji FA’s CEO also stated that if the Danish coach wants to return to the spot he will need to re-apply and go through all selection process. Yusuf also stated that it is expected a new coach is hired before March as the Bula Boys have two friendly matches scheduled against Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in the next March’s FIFA window.
Serritslev was the head coach for Fiji in the last FIFA World Cup Qualifying tournament, where Fiji failled to progress from the group stage – after being beaten by New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Although, the Fijians managed to beat New Caledonia, not enough to make them grant a spot in the semifinal stage.
The coach is very well-known in Oceania especially for guiding Papua New Guinea to the 2016 OFC Nations Cup grand final match; the then team coached by Serritslev ended up losing for New Zealand on the penalty shootout after a thrilling 0-0 draw after 120 minutes of football.
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