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August 14, 2005 | Fiji vs India
Match 3 at Post Fiji Stadium, Suva: Fiji 2:1 India - Goals: 0-1 Irungbam Surkumar Singh (10'), 1-1 Luke Vidovi (25'), 2-1 Esala Masi (61')
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August 13, 2005 | Sterry happy with players
The Fiji soccer team had a light run this morning as they prepare to face the Indian team tomorrow afternoon at the Post Fiji stadium. All the players in the team look confident of taking out the series after winning the first international last night by 1-0. Coach Lee Sterry was impressed with the playersí performance but said more work is to be done before the second match tomorrow.

August 13, 2005 | Indian welcomed by mayor
The Indian team was hosted for dinner by the Lautoka City Council on Thursday. Lautoka mayor Councilor Bijesh Chand welcomed the side saying it was a privilege to have the national side staying in the second city. Chand urged the India team to keep its ties with Fiji.
"Fiji is a tiny country but has very keen interest in sports especially in soccer and rugby," Chand told the visitors. "We have links with India in the field of education, medical, cultural exchanges, business and now its sports."
Yesterday the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce hosted the side to lunch at the Lautoka Hotel.

August 13, 2005 | Visitors feel at home in Fiji
The Indian team has been overwhelmed with the support and hospitality it has received during its stay in Fiji. India captain Shanmugam Venkatesh said the players were pleased with the hospitality. He said it was just like they were in India.
"We feel as if we are at home," said Venkatesh. "The food is great. The people are very friendly."
The Indian team will leave for Suva today and will be hosted by the mayor tonight.

August 12, 2005 | India loses second match
Match 2 at Churchill Park, Lautoka: Fiji 1-0 India - Goals: 1-0 Esala Masi (14', pen)
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August 12, 2005 | Duguca ruled out
Fiji striker Ovini Duguca has been ruled out of the national side for the first match against India at Churchill Park in Lautoka this evening. Duguca who strained a hip muscle during training on Monday has not recovered from the injury and is out of contention.

August 12, 2005 | Kiwi referees for Fiji-India matches
India had requested the Fiji-India Football Series organisers to ensure that neutral referees take charge of the two matches. The referees Neil Fox and Peter O'Leary from New Zealand will take charge of the two international friendlies.

August 11, 2005 | Indian team to be welcomed by mayor
The Indian team will be accorded a reception at the Sugar City Mall this evening. Lautoka mayor Councillor Bijesh Chand said they were duty bound to host the India side, which is staying at the Waterfront Hotel.

August 11, 2005 | Venkatesh banks on youthful squad
India captain Shanmugam Venkatesh is banking on the young talents to overcome Fiji in the upcoming two match series. Venkatesh who is the most experienced player in the squad says there are several new players who will be earning their first caps against Fiji.
"We don't know that much about Fiji but we are confident of giving Fiji a tough game," said Venkatesh. "We are building for the Asian games next year. This team has several new players."

August 11, 2005 | Kumar lacking fitness
Fiji's New Zealand-based Salesh Kumar will have to lift his fitness level to earn a spot in the starting eleven against India in the first international fixture at Churchill Park in Lautoka tomorrow.
Kumar who arrived in the country on Tuesday, failed to impress national coach Lee Sterrey during training. The Waitakare player, a member of the 2003 South Pacific Games gold medal winning team missed out on training sessions last week after failing to get a release from work. Sterrey said Kumar's fitness was around fifty per cent. He said Kumar would need to do some extra work during training.
"It's a bit disappointing to see his fitness level drop at this time of the season," Sterrey said. "I'm a bit surprised. But he is a quality player. He is a class act when he is at his best. I will push him at training."
Meanwhile Kiniviliame Naika and Josaia Bukalidi trained with the side yesterday. Naika suffered a blow to his face after copping the boot of a Ba player during the warm up match on Saturday. Bukalidi had strained a hamstring. The national coach said goalkeeper Shamal Kumar also had a light run after recovering from a virus.

August 11, 2005 | Sukhi not happy
India coach Sukhvinder Singh expressed his disappointment about the loss against Ba. Singh: "We missed our chances in the opening minutes. Then we let them in. It isn't a good result. We were too casual at times."

August 10, 2005 | Ba surprises visting India
Match 1 at Govind Park, Ba: Ba 1-0 India - Goals: 1-0 Malakai Tiwa (58')
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August 10, 2005 | Players promised bonus for wins
The Fiji players will be offered a bonus if they beat India in the two match series. The incentive was announced by Fiji Football Association president Doctor Muhammad Shamsud-dean Sahu Khan at the presentation ceremony in Ba on Monday. Dr Sahu Khan said the players will each receive a $50 bonus if they win the first match. The Fiji FA boss said the bonus amount will double if the national side wins the second encounter. Fiji FA senior vice president and national team head of delegation Muhammad Yusuf said the cash incentive has boosted the morale of the players.

August 10, 2005 | NZ based player joins camp
New Zealand based Salesh Kumar has decided to forgo his pay to be part of the Pepsi national team for the upcoming series against India. Kumar has taken leave without pay in a bid to don the national jumper in the historic series against the visitors. The Waitakere player who featured for Ba in the Punjas Battle of the Giants last month arrived in the country yesterday afternoon. Kumar had his first run with the side at the soccer academy in Ba last night. National coach Lee Sterrey said Kumar's arrival was timely. Sterrey said he had to negotiate with Kumar's employers to get his release.
Meanwhile Josaia Bukalidi and Kiniviliame Naika did not train yesterday because of injuries while Pita Bolaitoga, Dinesh Mudaliar and Ovini Duguca had a light session.

August 9, 2005 | Tiwa makes Ba side
Lee Sterrey has released Malakai Tiwa from the national side to play for Ba against India. Tiwa is the lone Ba player to be released from the national team, which has been hit by injury. National coach Lee Sterrey had indicated that he would release all Ba players who will not feature in the starting eleven against India on Friday.

August 9, 2005 | Ba getting ready for India
Ba is confident of scoring a victory against India at home tomorrow evening. The hosts will be without some big stars but is placing its confidence in the young brigade for tomorrow's match. The Ba squad put final touches to its preparations before the game and is confident of the result going in their favour.
Ba's campaign will be led by defender Malakai Kanahewe. And midfielder Keni Doidoi. The reigning IDC champion played two games against Fiji last week and know they have to polish on their finishing skills.
Ba faces India at 18.00 local time (11.30 IST / 08.00 CET) at Govind Park tomorrow.

August 9, 2005 | India ventures into the unknown
Sports Fiji CEO Jitendra Maharaj says the India national soccer side plays a different style of football compared to Fiji. And he hopes the fans turn up in numbers to witness the inaugural occasion when the two teams meet. "We have brought India to enable the locals to witness a different style of soccer. The teams have both confirmed that they are ready and that they are looking forward to a good game," he said.
Now that the stage is also set, Maharaj said that he is confident that both teams will do their best and be able to share the game knowledge that each teams possesses and with good weather the game will be the hit in Ba. "We are blessed with good weather and everything is in place," he said.
"We are ready to open the gates and allow the local fans to experience for themselves international level soccer and be able to enjoy themselves at the same time." After so giving so much effort to organise a good soccer match between two countries, Maharaj is urging spectators to be in their best behavior during the game.
"We are not going to entertain rowdy and drunken behaviour," he said. "We would not tolerate any behaviour that would hinder the players and the spectators from enjoying the games. India is here to provide exposure for the local teams and we should be thankful for their effort," he said.

August 9, 2005 | Shalesh Kumar arrives
The Fiji national team received a boost this afternoon when New Zealand based midfielder Shalesh Kumar arrived in the country. Kumar who plays for Waitakere Club (New Zealand) initially looked unlikely to join the national squad but brought a sigh of relief to the team this afternoon.

August 8, 2005 | Sukhi not underestimating Fiji
India coach Sukhvinder 'Sukhi' Singh is not underestimating the Fiji national team. Singh told a press gathering, that he is not concerned about Fiji's rankings, which is lower than India.
"From what I have gathered Fiji is an unknown quantity in world football but so far as I'm concerned rankings don't matter," said Singh. "I'm going there in the belief that Fiji is a stronger team. However, we are much ready to take them on."
The Indian team is expected to arrive in Fiji tonight.

August 8, 2005 | Gataurua fails to obtain release
New Zealand based Fiji international Laisiasa Gataurua has been ruled out for the upcoming India series after failing to obtain release from his club Wairarapa United. National coach Lee Sterrey said he had requested for the player's release but was turned down by United coach Phil Kinsley. Sterrey said the United coach had indicated that Gataurua was required to fill in for Pita Rabo on a suspension because of a red card incident.
Sterrey: "I have also spoken to Salesh Kumar who is keen to come over. We are making arrangements to fly him in. Salesh is a very good left positional player."

August 8, 2005 | Fiji with several injuries
The Fiji team has been hit with injuries as they prepare to play India in two internationals this week. Three players in the strike-force and one goal keeper are injured with Ba striker Kiniviliame Naika the biggest worry in camp.
Kiniviliame Naika suffered an injury against Ba in a warm up match on Saturday. Naika suffered a blow to his face after copping the boot of a Ba player. Fiji coach Sterrey said the injury was of some concern.
"He has a black eye," said Sterrey. "We need to rest him. It was an unfortunate incident."
And there's more trouble in camp as more strikers are struggling with niggling injuries, while Simione Tamanisau was the lone goalkeeper at the training run.

August 6, 2005 | Fiji defeats Ba in second match
Preparation Match: Fiji 2-1 Ba Selection - Goals: 1-0 Josaia Bukalidi, 2-0 Osea Vakatalesau, 2-1 Roneel Kumar

August 6, 2005 | Nabi back in Calcutta
Syed Rahim Nabi made a hero's return to the Calcutta Maidan to save champions East Bengal Club from the blushes by scoring two goals today against Tollygunge Agragami after having travelled around 30 hours on train from Bangalore. Nabi had to leave the INDIA camp for the Fiji Tour due to passport problems. It wasn't the first time that Nabi had a passport problem. Mahindra United striker Surojit Bose has been called-up as a replacement by chief coach Sukhvinder Singh.

August 5, 2005 | Venkatesh confident
The Indian players underwent intensive and focused training sessions under the guidance of chief coach Sukhvinder Singh for the last few weeks.
India captain Shanmugam Venkatesh is confident, that the young Indian team will be impressive in the three match series on Fiji, although having no clue what to expect from the matches against the Ba Selection and the Fiji national team.
Star-midfielder Venkatesh joined the squad last Tuesday, but felt he had time enough to gel with his teammates. Venky: "It wasn't hard for me to pick up the theme. After all, I have been party to many a camp. It's a matter of adjusting to teammates, coordinating and formulating strategy. For that, a week's preparation is enough."
Asked on the youth of the team, he added: "About six of them were went to Pakistan too. And all of them are National Football League players. So the big-match scenario is not new to them. They know what is expected of them and I'm sure they will deliver."
Venkatesh also asserted that the team didn't have any problems adjusting to new coach Sukvinder Singh, who took over from Briton Stephen Constantine.

August 5, 2005 | Sterrey looking to start on winning note
Australian Lee Sterrey is looking forward to start on a winning note on his debut as Fiji's senior national team coach. Sterry has coached the U-17 and U-20 national teams and his expecting to win both matches against India at senior level.

August 5, 2005 | Fiji defeats Ba in preparation match
Preparation Match: Fiji 2-0 Ba Selection - Goals: 1-0 Osea Vakatalesau, 2-0 Thomas Vulivuli

The Fiji national team defeated the Ba Selection 2-0 in a preparation match. Both teams are currently having their camps to face the visiting Indian national team.
Fiji coach Lee Sterrey was far from being impressed with the national teamís win over Ba. "I canít complain, for most of these guys itís their first game together while for the rest itís a get together after about eight months. There were some good things in the game and some not so good, likewise four players were impressive and some who really need to pull up their socks and Iíve spoken to all players after the game. It was a winning start though we were rusty and lacked combination but Iím not bothered about the scores. Iím trying to help Fiji FA build a team for the next World Cup. I used this new flat back formation and it worked for the first 20 minutes before we switched Lorima Dau back to the sweeper role," he said.
Sterrey opted for a three men upfront using Thomas Vulivuli, Kiniviliame Naika and Osea Vakatalesau.

August 4, 2005 | Fiji coach facing local criticsim
Navua soccer president Anil Sharma said national coach Lee Sterrey is not a man of principle. Sharmaís outbursts came after Sterrey changed his stance by recalling overseas duo Salesh Kumar and Laisiasa Vosailagi while on the other hand criticised local players for reporting late to camp. Vosailagi and Kumar were earlier, dropped from the team by Sterrey for failing to march into camp.
Sharma: "Heís not sticking to his words and itís one of the last things one can expect from a national coach. Unlike his counterpart rugby coach Wayne Pivac, Sterrey often starts late in getting important work done and starts blaming players and officials. Obviously, it was him and team management that were late in tracking overseas players and are now trying to gain sympathy at the playersí expense." Sterrey replaced the duo with national Under-17 international Krishna Swamy and Nadrogaís Taniela Waqa and also called for a hefty suspension on the New Zealand based-players.
"There isnít any shortage of left footers and midfielders in the country so why change the stance, both Lai and Salesh are good footballers but that doesnít compromise indiscipline at other players expense. Sterrey should realise football in the country is not professional and players have other commitments like work and family to attend too," Sharma added.

August 3, 2005 | Sterrey calls back NZ duo
Fiji coach Lee Sterrey has changed his mind and said he would reinstate New Zealand-based Laisiasa Vosailagi and Shalesh Kumar in the national team despite dropping them a day earlier for their failure to turn up to the preparation camp. The two overseas-based players failed to arrive in the country despite arrangements made by Fiji Football to get them to the camp on time. Sterrey was reported to have said the two players would be suspended for the India match tour and be given full suspension letters by Fiji FA. "The bottom line is that they failed to turn up and there is no excuse," Sterrey said when asked on Monday. However when contacted yesterday Sterry who was racing against time and faced with the dilemma of not having found the right combination said he was going to give the two players another chance.
"I will call them this afternoon and give them another chance and hopefully have them fly in this weekend," said Sterry. He reasoned the change of mind was because of the short time given to prepare and that it was a very young side. "The only experienced players we have is the trio Esala Masi, Stephen Morell and Thomas Vulivuli and the five Under-20 players as well as young Under-17 national rep Krishna Sami," he said.
"To find a very strong side given the short time is very hard. Yes it was very disappointing that the two players did not report in on time. This is a chance for them to come back and play. However if they decline they will have to answer to Fiji FA."
The Fiji national team is currently undergoing a preparation camp at the Dr Sahu Khan Soccer Academy in Ba.

August 3, 2005 | Ba gets Fiji FA's support
The Fiji Football Association will try to convince national soccer coach Lee Sterry to release the bulk of his Ba national reps for the district's crucial match against India next week. Ba has a total of six players in the 20 member national squad including captain Esala Masi. National coach Lee Sterrey has already confirmed that he will not release any Ba players who will be part of his starting eleven for the first international next Friday. Sterrey said he will only release players who were in the reserves. BFA president Rishi Kumar said the stance made by the national coach was unreasonable because this would handicap his side for the important match. Kumar said the Ba soccer board had resolved to field its best line up against India and this would mean all of its players in the national side must play for the district.

August 2, 2005 | India announces final squad
The 20 member Fiji-bound INDIA squad has been announced by the AIFF with Shanmugam Venkatesh to lead the team as captain.
India squad:
Goalkeepers: Veeraswamy Palanivalu Satish Kumar (Dempo SC), Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (Mahindra United)
Defenders: Selwyn Fernandes, Yumlembam Raju Singh (both Dempo SC), Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (both Mahindra United), Habibur Rehman Mondal, Syed Rahim Nabi (both East Bengal Club), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (State Bank of Travancore), Gurjinder Singh (Tata Football Academy)
Midfielders: Shanmugam Venkatesh (Captain), Gourmangi Moirangthem Singh, Subhas Chakraborty (all Mahindra United), Shylo Malswam Tulunga, Debabrata Roy (both East Bengal Club), Sukhwinder Singh, Sukhjinder Singh (both JCT Mills)
Forwards: Sunil Chetri (JCT Mills), Vimal Pariyar (Tata Football Academy), Manjit Singh (Mohun Bagan AC)
Chief Coach: Sukhvinder Singh
Assistent Coach: Henry Stanley Rozario
Doctor: Dr. PK Ramesh
Manager-cum-Leader of the Delegation: Syed Nasir Ali

August 2, 2005 | U17 player called-up to Fiji team
Krishna Sami has been called into the national soccer side after two players were dropped on the first day of camp in Ba yesterday. The 17-year-old replaces Salesh Kumar, as there is a great need for left footed players in the national side. National coach Lee Sterrey said this would also been a good chance to expose the youngster at the international level with the new face of Fiji soccer that he has in mind.
The Australian also called in Nadrogaís Taniela Waqa who was in a pool of standby players to replace Laisiasa Vosailagi.
"I have summoned Taniela Waqa and he was in the list of standby players and I have drafted him in as he is a utility player. I am going to invite 17- year-old Krishna Sami to join the national side tomorrow," Sterrey said. "Krishna will join the squad even though he is a very young player."

August 2, 2005 | Non-appearance upsets coach
Fiji coach Lee Sterrey has expressed disappointment after two New Zealand-based players named to face India next week failed to march into camp yesterday. Ba's Salesh Kumar, who plays for Waitakere City and Laisiasa Gataurua who is with Carterton were the two notable omissions from 20 member training squad. The national coach said the two players would have some explaining to do for not joining the national camp.
"I spoke to both players over the weekend," said Sterrey. "I will take the matter up to the board. This is the national team we are taking about. We will apply the FIFA laws if we have to." Under the FIFA regulations all clubs must release its players for international fixtures or face disciplinary action. Sterrey said he may recruit two players from the standby list to fill the vacuum. Ba's Malakai Kainihewe, Nadroga's Taniela Waqa and Lautoka goalkeeper Nicholas Lawrence are on the stand by list.
Players from Ba and Lautoka were part of the early morning training with the rest arriving for the afternoon run. Sterrey said players had a light session working on their skills. Seven new reps are expected to make their debut for the national senior team against India. They include Apisolome Turuva (Rewa), Avinesh Swamy (Ba), Petero Dauniseka (Marconi, Australia), Malakai Tiwa (Ba), Kini Viliame (Ba), Dinesh Mudaliar (Nasinu) and Pita Bolaitoga (Navua). Sterrey said the overall squad was very young.
"There are some continuing Olympians, as well as four of our recent Under-20's," said the national coach. Sterrey said the series against India would set the pace for the next world cup campaign. Esala Masi will captain the national side.
The Indian team arrives on Sunday. The side will take on Ba at Govind Park on August 10 at 6pm before the two matches against Fiji.

July 30, 2005 | Masi to lead Fiji
Former Malaysian club league player Esala Masi has been named Fiji's captain for its two match international against India.
Fiji squad:
Shamal Kumar (Labasa), Simione Tamanisau (Navua), Lorima Dau (Navua), Avinesh Swamy (Ba), Malakai Tiwa (Ba), Esala Masi (Ba; Captain), Kiniviliame Naika (Ba), Ovini Duguca (Nadroga), Krishna Sami, Osea Vakatalesau (Lautoka), Stephen Morrell (NZ), Thomas Vulivuli (Navua), Apisalome Turuva (Rewa), Dinesh Mudaliar (Nasinu), Petero Daunisaka (Australia), Pita Baletoga (Navua), Alvin Avinesh (Lautoka), Luke Vidovi (Ba), Taniela Waqa (Nadroga) and Josaia Bukalidi (Ba)

July 27, 2005 | Pepsi to sponsor Fiji
The national soccer side that takes on India on a two-match international series next month will be known as the Pepsi Fiji side, after striking a deal with Tappoo Fiji Ltd, the exclusive Pepsi dealer in Fiji.

July 26, 2005 | India reduces number of probables
The India coaches have reduced the number of probables at the Bangalore camp for the Fiji Tour from 33 to 24 and have added senior players defender Selwyn Fernandes and midfielder Shanmugam Venkatesh to the list. The coaches will be working with the 24 players until Selwyn and Venky report to the camp with both likely to be sure selections for the final squad of 20 and Venkatesh also likely to be appointed captain. The final squad is likely to be named only a couple of days before the camp concludes on August 6.
India squad:
Goalkeepers: Veeraswamy Palanivalu Satish Kumar (Dempo SC), Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (Mahindra United), Souvik Mondal (Mohammedan Sporting Club)
Defenders: Selwyn Fernandes, Valeriano Rebello, Yumlembam Raju Singh (all Dempo SC), Habibur Rehman Mondal, Syed Rahim Nabi, Debabrata Roy (all East Bengal Club), Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (both Mahindra United), Warundeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh (both Tata Football Academy), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (State Bank of Travancore)
Midfielders: Shanmugam Venkatesh, Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, Subhas Chakraborty (all Mahindra United), Sukhwinder Singh, Sukhjinder Singh (both Mills), Shylo Malswam Tulunga (East Bengal Club), Manjit Singh (Mohun Bagan AC), Bernard Pires
Forwards: Surajit Bose (Mahindra United), Marlanki Suting (Fransa FC), Sunil Chetri (JCT Mills), Vimal Pariyar (Tata Football Academy)

July 25, 2005 | Ticket prices announced
Prices of the tickets for the match have been released.
The tickets for the match at Govind Park will cost $5.
At Churchill Park $10 for the VIP seating and $7 for the grandstand, embankment $7. Children Under-12 $2.
In Suva, grandstand is $10, embankment $7 and children Under-12 will pay $2.

July 14, 2005 | Fiji Tour confirmed and renamed
The doubts have been cleared so that the first-ever two match Fiji-India Football Series can go ahead on the Pacific Island nation next month. Further a title sponsor has been found in "Vinod Patel & Co Ltd", the number one Hardware shop in Fiji and the owner of a facility in Laucala Beach Estate, Suva which is the biggest of its kind in the South Pacific. The tour has now been rechristened as the "Vinod Patel Fiji India Football Series". With the Tour finally confirmed we will be putting together a typical IndianFootball.Com Special on the Fiji-India Football Series.

July 14, 2005 | Club vs Country tussle - Part II
The Club vs Country issue seems to being sorted locally in Calcutta, then while the AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco told the Navhind Times in Goa, "Nothing has been communicated to me officially. So, I can't say anything on this issue"; the AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi has shot off a letter to the IFA secretary Subrata Datta taking strong exception at East Bengal and Mohun Bagan not sending their selected players to the India probables camp in Bangalore. In the letter the AIFF president also stated his unhappiness about the way the big Maidan two was making mockery of the upcoming Tour and he was especially unhappy about the letter from East Bengal secretary Kalyan Majumdar in which he had termed the tour a 'tourism venture'.
Meanwhile in Bangalore the SAI Southern Centre football ground was termed unfit by the coaching staff, so the camp has been moved to the Bangalore Football Stadium. It is not the first time that the SAI Southern Centre football ground was termed unfit by the national team. In March 2001 in preparation for the 2002 World Cup qualifier against the UAE, the same ground had been rejected by Sukhvinder Singh and team, lead then by England-based Baichung Bhutia.

July 13, 2005 | Club vs Country tussle - Part I
In the Club vs Country tussle between the Calcutta clubs and the AIFF history seems to repeat itself once more. The INDIA preparatory camp for the upcoming Fiji tour and the 2006 Doha Asian Games started-off yesterday in Bangalore. Players from teams like Mumbai giants Mahindra United, JCT Mills and the Goan teams nearly all arrived in the Karnataka capital. Missing are the players from East Bengal Club and Mohun Bagan AC and if the clubs have their say their players would only join the camp a week before the Fiji trip. While East Bengal questioned such tours in general, Mohun Bagan stated that their players are not match fit thereofore not sending their players. One will see how the AIFF deals with this issue this time around. In the past the federation seemed to be leniant towards the Maidan duo. But in the interest of the national team, the players need to be called immediately to the ongoing camp.

July 8, 2005 | India to send senior team to Fiji
The Fiji Tour is on after the AIFF president Das Munshi assured Sports Fiji authorities that India would be sending it's strongest team to the Pacific island in August. The AIFF president made it clear that the AIFF would send it's full Indian national team with the U23 players being the nucleus of the side. Senior players would be added to the final squad after the probables camp.

July 7, 2005 | Fiji Tour set to be called-off
The Tour of the Indian U23 team to Fiji might be called-off as per statement made by the Sports Fiji chief executive officer Jitendra Maharaj, who are organising the tour. What has irritated the Fijian authorities is that India are planning to send their U23 team instead of the full national team as per the original invitation and they got the information from the Internet and not the AIFF directly. As a reaction the Sports Fiji CEO Maharaj has send a letter to AIFF president Das Munshi asking for clarification. The Fiji FA meanwhile said the same thing that they were planning and preparing the Fiji national team to take on the Indian senior national team and not the Indian U23 team. In India meanwhile the AIFF was thinking of using the Fiji Tour as preparation for the U23 team for the 2006 Asian Games. Sports Fiji is said to incur costs of around USD 150,000 and they were willing to put their money into the Fiji-India Football Series, but only for the India senior national team. How the issue will be solved isn't known at the moment as there is no reaction from the AIFF.

June 24, 2005 | India U23 announced
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) today released a list of 35 probables for the INDIA U23 team, which will travel to the pacific island of Fiji in August 2005 to play three matches there, two of them against the Fiji national team. The selection camp would be held in Bangalore under the supervision of national coach Sukhvinder Singh from July 12 onwards.
India U23 squad:
Goalkeepers: Veeraswamy Palanivalu Satish Kumar (Dempo SC), Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (East Bengal Club), Amit Nandy (EverReady SA), Souvik Mondal (Bengal)
Defenders: Arun Malhotra, Debabrata Roy, Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (all Mahindra United), Valeriano Rebello, Raju Singh (both Dempo SC), Habibur Rehman Mondal, Syed Rahim Nabi (East Bengal Club), Subhas Mondal (JCT Mills), Mehraj Din Wadoo (Mohun Bagan AC), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (State Bank of Travancore), Gurjinder Singh (Tata Football Academy), Shaji D'Silva (Goa)
Midfielders: Sukhwinder Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Manjit Singh (all JCT Mills), Shylo Malswam Tulunga, Subhas Chakraborty (both East Bengal Club), Bernard Pires, Rocus Lamare (both Salgaocar SC), Jerry Zirsanga, Mehtab Hussain (both Mohun Bagan AC), Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh (Dempo SC), Sankha Roy Choudhury (EverReady SA)
Forwards: Marlanki Suting, Sampath Kumar Kuttimani (both Fransa FC), Ashim Biswas, Sunil Chetri (both Mohun Bagan AC), Surojit Bose (Tollygunge Agragami), Vimal Pariyar (Tata Football Academy), Samuel H Thuanga (Mizoram)

June 3, 2005 | Fiji announces squad for India matches
While the Indian national team is preparing to travel to Pakistan in a weeks time, the opponent of the tour thereafter, the Pacific island of Fiji, is already preparing their national team to play India in August. Fiji national coach Lee Sterrey has called 20 players to a camp from next Monday in Ba, while five players who play in Australia and New Zealand will join the camp closer to the tour with another Fijian, Esala Masi, playing in Malaysia at the moment is also set to play against India. India will have their camp from July 15 to August 7. The three match of the series is set to be played at Ba's Govind Park on August 10, at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 12 ,while the final match will be played at the Post Fiji Stadium on August 14.