On the hunt for new women’s coach

The Digicel national women’s football team for the 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifiers in July next year would be training under the watchful eyes of Fiji FA’s newly-appointed technical director Timo Jankowski until the confirmation of Rodu’s successor. Picture: FFA

The Fiji Football Association will commence the hunt for a most qualified individual to take on the role of head coach for the national women’s football team following Marika Rodu’s recent termination.

Chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed the vacant position would be advertised shortly.

“We’re in the process of advertising for the role soon,” he said.

“The Fiji FA will consider a person with the appropriate OFC UEFA-level qualification for the position.

“We’ll be selecting the person, who possesses the necessary coaching badges.”

Rodu, who was the former national women’s football coach, had his contract “tornup” after he failed to comply with the Government’s mandatory no jab no job policy.

“He refused to get both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine citing his personal choice, which the Fiji FA respects; but we had no other choice.

“Marika was advised about the government’s policy in August and we had given him two months to comply with the directives.

“Having said that, Marika can continue in his role provided he complies with the vaccination exercise.

“Fiji FA is ready to renegotiate and offer him another contract because he had been a key component in the development of women’s football in the country.

“We’re hopeful that good sense prevails so that we can sort things out quickly.”

Rodu, who was appointed to the role in 2017 also acted as the Fiji FA’s national women’s development manager and had a hugely positive impact on women’s football in Fiji.

Meanwhile, the Digicel national women’s football team for the 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifi ers in July next year would be training under the watchful eyes of Fiji FA’s newly-appointed technical director Timo Jankowski until the confirmation of Rodu’s successor.

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