Fiji beats Singapore

Vodafone Fiji football women's side. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Vodafone Fiji women’s football team defeated Singapore 3-1 in the first match of the Tri-Nations FIFA International Friendlies at Korman Stadium in Vanuatu on Friday, however the Marika Rodu coached side has one more battle to overcome when they take on the hosts this afternoon.

Rodu said Vanuatu will be a tough nut to crack however they’ve ironed out on their weaknesses and are focused on the next match.

“Vanuatu as we saw in the first game have been very aggressive so it will be a challenge for us and it’s an important game too for us as it will be a double header so we want to arrive into that game with the right mentality and attitude and start the game with the right rhythm,” said Rodu.

Meanwhile the Fijian women’s team started on a high note in their first match but the momentum dropped in the second spell.

“It was a game of two half I believe because we didn’t played the way we wanted as the rhythm of our game was not as we planned.

“An early goal may have contributed to player’s laxity in the first half as most of the senior players took their foot off the accelerator and the rhythm started to drop,” he said.

“In the second half we changed the momentum and were more aggressive in our attack and combined very well to put pressure on Singapore defense and that was how we managed to score two other goals,”Rodu said.

Meanwhile the men’s team will also take on Vanuatu today after the women’s match.

The Christophe Gamel coached side were leveled on a 1-all draw against Tahiti.

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