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New Fijian national football coach Christophe Gamel is already setting his target on how he intends to improve the profile of the sport in the country. The Frenchman, who arrives
02 Jan 2017 11:36
Coach Tells
Christophe Gamel

New Fijian national football coach Christophe Gamel is already setting his target on how he intends to improve the profile of the sport in the country.

The Frenchman, who arrives into the country on Friday, believes Fiji has the potential to do better on the world stage.

Gamel told SUNsports from France yesterday that with a lot of commitment and a strong foundation, Fiji can improve not only its ranking but playing to their true potential.

“I salute the work done previously by my colleagues. The team has qualities and we will work to build our football,” Gamel said.

“Do not forget Fiji is 179th in the FIFA ranking, which shows the extent of the work to be provided to achieve the goals.

“I am confident we can achieve anything if we built a house on a strong foundation. But we must be patient and logical.

“The team has real potential and I am sure that the players will fulfil my expectations. Alone we go faster but together we go further.

“Work, seriousness, involvement, cohesion, respect of the institution is what I expect from the team to achieve our objectives which are difficult but not impossible.”

Gamel was the successful applicant with praise from the Oceania Football Confederation technical director Patrick Jacquemet for his impressive work with top French football club Paris Saint-Germain, otherwise known as PSG, as well as his qualifications.

Coming from a top club such as PSG to coach  Fiji, Gamel likes the challenge and is interested to see how far he and the team can go.

He does not promise immediate results but believes over time with hard work and commitment from all parties, goals set can be achieved.

“I like this kind of challenge, I had good communication with the Fijian Football Association president Rajesh Patel. The team has potential,” he said.

“It will be very interesting to see how to grow up together with the Fijian staff for the development of football in Fiji. The project is good, we need to work hard. I believe in it.

“No personal interest, just respect for the institution (Fiji Football Association) and the country. Hard work together will pay off one day.

“I cannot guarantee immediate results but all our power will be in the way we work to achieve our objectives and you know that football is unpredictable. This is the magical thing about this game.

“I am really proud to be part of this project. I thank Rajesh and Patrick for choosing me for this new challenge that awaits Fijian football.

“Together with the Rajesh, Ravinesh Kumar and all staff involved in this process, we will work hard for Fijian football, for the national team and all partners.”

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