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Unknown Tamudu Catches Gamel’s Eye

To many the name Josateki Tamudu doesn’t mean much. But for Vodafone national football coach Christophe Gamel the name marks the future of football in the island nation. Playing for
29 Mar 2017 11:00
Unknown Tamudu  Catches Gamel’s Eye
Josateki Tamudu. Photo: OFC Media

To many the name Josateki Tamudu doesn’t mean much. But for Vodafone national football coach Christophe Gamel the name marks the future of football in the island nation.

Playing for Rewa FC in the Vodafone Premier League competition, Tamudu’s attractive style of play is what caught the eye of the former Paris Saint Germain assistant coach who has indicated his approach to the game is how he sees football in Fiji progressing

“I saw him playing and was really impressed with his style of play,” Gamel said.

“He is a defender who is able to transition to attack well and that’s what I want my players to be learning and doing.”

For the 25-year-old defender, earning his first call up for the Fijian national team was a surprise.

“It’s an honour of course but to be honest I didn’t expect it,” Tamudu said. “But I got the call up and I’m excited.”

Tamudu said he tries to keep his head down and just play leaving decisions about the line-up for the coaches.

“He’s an experienced coach, he was the assistant for PSG, so to notice me playing is an honour in itself,” he continued on. “For me it’s a good thing and I will try and do my best.”

Tamudu played in Tahiti with the Rewa FC in the OFC Champions League.

“I was excited to be there with Rewa. I’m from Rewa myself so this is my home district and it’s an honour playing for them. I’ve been with them a couple of years now and it’s always good playing with the home boys. We know each other pretty well now.”

Tamudu believes having so many friends in the squad has been a good thing for helping him develop.

“Iosefo (Verevou) is a Rewa boy and it’s good to play with people like him and the rest of the experienced players, it gives me confidence.”

–OFC Media

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