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Football National Coach Works Against Time

It will be a huge task for Vodafone national football coach Christophe Gamel to blend in the overseas based-players into the squad. New Zealand based- James Hoyt and Rinal Prasad
12 Mar 2017 11:05
Football National Coach Works Against Time

It will be a huge task for Vodafone national football coach Christophe Gamel to blend in the overseas based-players into the squad. New Zealand based- James Hoyt and Rinal Prasad arrive tonight ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers 2018-OFC Stage 3 on March 25 at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

Gamel said with the time they have left to prepare and with the whole squad not together, merging players with different backgrounds and skill sets together will be difficult.

“From what I have seen on the video both James (Hoyt) and Rinal (Prasad) have technical skills, they are powerful and that is exactly what I need to add to this team,” Gamel said.

“We need to incorporate these boys into the team and into our style of play otherwise we will give the ball to the New Zealand players and when they have the ball they are dangerous.

“It will be a huge task to gel the boys together because they all have different background it is already hard to bring these current boys together who have the same background.

“So when the overseas players come in, it will be a different story. But it is the beauty of the job, giving the boys confidence to play together.

“I know these boys will learn off each other and their presence plus Roy (Krishna) will strength the team enough to hopefully put on a good show.”

Gamel is happy with the current players who have been training and feels that the boys are giving it their best and just need confidence to play to their full potential.

“Training is going well, I do not have my full team but the boys who are present are dedicated for the training. There are so many things to do but we will do our best, I know that there are lots of expectations for this game but I cannot do everything overnight because it takes time.

“I have given priorities and only have two days with my full team before the match and I hope we can do our best for that.

“The boys are giving it their best, it is different when an amateur gives his best compared to a professional but to be honest I am proud of these boys. I want them to enjoy the game and play their hearts out.

“New Zealand is ranked higher than us but a football game can be very unpredictable at times and I hope that they will apply what they have learnt. I want to give them enough confidence to play the ball and play together and not suffer so much because we know it will be very hard.”



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