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Bear With Us: Gamel

Vodafone Fijian football coach Christophe Gamel has hit out at critics for slaying the team’s performance against the New Zealand All Whites on Tuesday. The FIFA World Cup qualifier saw
30 Mar 2017 10:50
Bear With Us: Gamel
Vodafone Fijian national football coach Christophe Gamel with the staff of Vodafone Fiji at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo:ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Vodafone Fijian football coach Christophe Gamel has hit out at critics for slaying the team’s performance against the New Zealand All Whites on Tuesday.

The FIFA World Cup qualifier saw the Roy Krishna-captained team lost 2-0 in Wellington after going down by the same scoreline at Churchill Park in Lautoka last Saturday.

Gamel said the only problem was criticism from fans and he wants to fix that.

“The only problem I face is so many criticisms and I want to fix that. I request people who are not happy to come to me and see me and I’m open for discussion,”Gamel said.

“I would ask the people of Fiji to bear with us.”

“After the two games we have seen the gap between professional and amateur players. I think we’ve closed the gap a bit and I thank the players for playing like we planned to do.

“I don’t see any striker better than Osea Vakatalesau. He is an experienced player and put pressure against the All Whites defenders.”

He said the team created opportunities but lacked in the finishing.

“If we can manage the ball and work on our finishing, we will get there. I will work on it but nothing can be achieved overnight.

Gamel said Beniamono Mateinaqara should learn from his mistakes if he is to keep his place in the team.

Mateinaqara made a terrible blunder in the first game and was not in his best form on Tuesday.

“He did well, he took a lot of risks but if we want to start the game from the defensive line the first one is the goalkeeper so I need the keeper to develop their own skills.”

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