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Gamel Works On Mental Preparation

Vodafone Fijian football head coach Christophe Gamel is going to focus on mental preparation for Saturday’s clash against the New Zealand All Whites in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
22 Mar 2017 11:28
Gamel Works On Mental Preparation
The Vodafone Fiji football team training at Churhill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Vodafone Fijian football head coach Christophe Gamel is going to focus on mental preparation for Saturday’s clash against the New Zealand All Whites in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Boosted by the presence of captain and Wellington Phoenix star striker Roy Krishna, the side took to Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday to work on their combinations.

“We cannot afford to lose focus,” Gamel told SUNsports.

“It is the problem here. You take it easy. It’s the problem where you play but are not mentally tough all the time. I will try to work on it in the given days. It’s true that you cannot do it in two weeks but we have to be focused all the time.”

Gamel has been working around the clock to put together a formidable team for the opening clash.

Also, joining the side were players that played for Rewa and Ba in the OFC Champions League.

“In the next two days I have to see whether they can fit into the system that is our game plan and the type of play I’ve asked them to play. I’m running out of time as I have to give the names of the 20 or 23 players on Thursday.

“I will choose players who can fit in my system. I now have the whole squad and I will rest some players over the weekend which is important because some of them have played three games in a week.”

Gamel reiterated that a full squad doesn’t mean they have the quality needed.

“You only understand what you want. From now I just want to work well with them before Saturday.”

 

ATTACKING FOOTBALL

Gamel said he wants them to play attacking football instead of defending all the time.

“I want them to enjoy the game as it is a fantastic game and not only defend. I’m confident my boys will be able to do it. They will also be under pressure and whether they can do it or not we need the public to come and support them and put them in a good mood. This will make them play well and I’m sure they will do their best and play to their full potential,” he added.

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