Farina answers Fiji's call

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Former Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is expected to be unveiled as the Fiji national under-20 technical adviser next month.

Farina was most recently on the short-list for the New Zealand All Whites coaching job and has previously coached the Socceroos and Papua New Guinea national team.

He was sacked from his post at the Sky Blues after the club fell at the first hurdle in last season’s A-League finals.

“We will have Frank Farina coming on board,” the Fiji Association president Rajesh Patel told Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

“He had few interviews with other football associations but he didn’t take the job so he is happy to continue discussions with Fiji FA and by this week we should wrap it up and he will be assisting Ravinesh Kumar as technical advisor to the World Cup.”

Football in Fiji hit a high point in May when the Bula Boys qualified for next year's FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Patel said the players will head into camp in September once Farina is on board.

"They went through a beep test last week," Patel told the Fiji Times.

"We want them to prime at the right time next June. We have a budget from Oceania and the grant from the FIFA World Cup."

Fiji news outlets suggested Farina had rejected the All Whites job but reports from New Zealand pointed to Bahrain coach Anthony Hudson as the preferred option over Farina and ex-Newcastle Jets coach Gary Van Egmond.

Hudson, a 33-year-old Englishman, is the subject of a tug of war between the New Zealand and Bahrain football associations after signing a two-year contract to coach the Bahraini national team in February.

New Zealand are expected to unveil the new coach on Tuesday to replace long-time mentor Ricki Herbert who left in November.