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Fiji want clinical finishing against NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/03/2017

Fiji hope they can make the most of their chances and repeat a famous day in their sporting history when they host the All Whites in a World Cup qualifying game.

The first of two legs, in Lautoka on Saturday, is at the same Churchill Park venue where Fiji upset New Zealand 2-0 in 2008.

Then-19-year-old Roy Krishna scored both goals for the hosts in a match that carried little meaning as the All Whites had already done enough to reach the next stage of World Cup qualification.

However, the 181st-ranked Fijians - with Wellington Phoenix striker Krishna still their spearhead - take some confidence they can push the 112th-ranked visitors.

Their new coach Christophe Gamel hopes to also see a repeat of the fight shown when the teams met at last year's Oceania Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Frenchman Gamel believes a clinical edge was their shortcoming in that 3-1 group stage loss, which featured a Krishna goal.

"I hope to develop the finishing," he said.

"We might not have much action in front of goal on match day but I want them to play the game, enjoy the game - as it is a fantastic game - and not only defend."

New Zealand have already claimed twin wins over New Caledonia in group B and will guarantee advancement to the OFC final if victorious on Saturday and in Tuesday's return match in Wellington.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is taking nothing for granted despite rounding up a squad which has lost injured captain Winston Reid but is otherwise at close to full strength.

"We know Fiji are not going to be easy," he said.

"We have played many times against the island teams and been consistent and now it is time to build on our last tour."

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