Fiji FA ‘paving the way’ for players seeking professional contracts with Phoenix

The Fiji Football Association says three of its international players have secured trials with the Wellington Phoenix.

Forward Trina Davis (21), defender Angeline Rekha (19) and striker Faazil Ali (20) are trying to break into professional football.

Davis is a full Fiji women’s international, while Rekha was one of the Young Kula’s outstanding players at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship, won by New Zealand.

Ali played for Fiji at this year’s FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cup in Argentina.

The Fiji FA said on its website the trials had been facilitated through funding from the Oceania Football Confederation.

Mohammed Yusuf, CEO of Fiji Football Association, said:

“With each trial and opportunity, Fijian football improves, paving the way for a brighter sporting future in Fiji.”

Born in the United States, Davis has played professionally for Israeli club ASA Tel Aviv and with Puerto Rico Sol FC for whom she played in the top-tier competition Superior Femenino de la Liga Puerto Rico.

Two more Fiji internationals, Cema Nasau and captain Sofi Deyalowai, have been on trial with US National Women’s Soccer League club Orlando Pride, also funded by OFC and a FIFA women’s grant.

Main photo: Trina Davis … trying to win an A-League contract with the Wellington Phoenix. Photo: Fiji Football Association.

Fiji’s Angeline Rekha and New Zealand’s Ella McCann during the final of the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship in July. Photo: Kirk Corrie / Phototek.

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