Football on Fiji
Football is the overriding sport on the island of Fiji. The Fiji Football Association nurtures hopes of one day toppling the giants in Oceania and qualifying for a FIFA final competition. The U-20 team almost pulled this feat off when it defeated New Zealand only to stumble against Australia in the qualifying play-off. Only a few of their local players have managed to make a career as professional footballers. Esala Masinisau is currently the only player under contract with a professional club - Newcastle United in Australia. Several former top players are now involved in coaching local teams.
The first Goal Project
The Dr M. S. Sahu Khan Football School built using funds from Goal and the Financial Assistance Programme was officially opened on 8 February 2003. The complex in Ba has been named after the association's long-serving President and comprises two state-of-the-art pitches with international dimensions, in addition to a two-storey building. The new premises will enable Fiji to organise internationally recognised tournaments and training courses and cater for overnight stays for players, officials or course participants. «This centre was the missing link in our country's sporting infrastructure. The benefits will be felt primarily by the national association's youth and training programmes, which will have a lasting effect on the development of football.» These words were uttered by the association's president at the opening ceremony, which was also attended by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, and 'Ahongalu Fusimalohi (Tonga), a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National football academy with two pitches in Namosau, Ba
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened on 8 February 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 152,450 Total cost USD 552,450