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  Gamel asks ‘Where’s the pride?’ after people question national team, FFA Fearless Vodafone Fi­jian football coach Christophe Gamel “..Feels more Fijian…” than people who are criticizing him and the
24 May 2017 11:00
COACH, CRITICS CLASH ONLINE
Vodafone national football coach Christophe Gamel (middle) with players (from left) Shaneel Naidu, Remueru Tekiata and Kolinio Sivoki at Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva, on May 23, 2017. The team are preparing to play Solomon Islands tomorrow from 7pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.Vodafone national football coach Christophe Gamel (middle) with players (from left) Shaneel Naidu, Remueru Tekiata and Kolinio Sivoki at Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva, on May 23, 2017. The team are preparing to play Solomon Islands tomorrow from 7pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Gamel asks ‘Where’s the pride?’ after people question national team, FFA

Fearless Vodafone Fi­jian football coach Christophe Gamel “..Feels more Fijian…” than people who are criticizing him and the Fiji Football Association.

The French national is not backing down from Fijians criticizing the selection of the national team on social media.

Speaking to Fiji Sun yesterday, no-nonsense Gamel said it was all about setting the record straight and people who have criticized him and the Fiji FA on Facebook did not know what was really happening.

“They don’t know what’s internal and that’s why I tell them straight because they are speaking of something that they don’t know,” Gamel said.

“I do my work as to what the federation wants. Some say about putting money in my pocket. How can they say that when it’s not true.”

Gamel said the issue here was about na­tional pride, something he has reiterated its importance and value right from the day he started work here.

“I feel more Fijian than some of these people criticising because I know some districts want the national team to lose. That’s bad,” he said.

“All these critics should realise and value what their country has given to them. I want to change the mind-set here because in France when you play for your country, they do it with pride. That’s why I tell the players here when you play for your country you come early to camp and not come in late.”

Last Sunday, Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel confirmed that they were going to take severe action on a particular player who always had excuses when told to join the national team.

Gamel said football in the country was undergoing a building-up process and that is why there was a mixture of young and experienced players in the team that will take on the Solomon Islands on Thursday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

 

Here are some of the comments made: Gamel: I Decide on the Selection

Christophe Gamel

Hope it is clear!

 

Pawan Pratik Lal

Very clear sir…

 

Shahi Shabz

It’s better to get behind the team and support the boys rather than criticising. All the best Mr Coach

 

Neil Croft

No place for nepotism in elite sport, soon get found out if not!

 

Nilesh Lal

Hope that the performance is better this time around, based on your selection.

 

Christophe Gamel

It could have been better if I had 2, 5 weeks to prepare the team, having 1 training session before the game to settle the team is impossible. Regards

 

Aavai Naivaluwaqa

Nilesh what performance are you talking about? The fact we dominated NZ on home soil and 2 silly mistakes cost us points?

As coach said, the timing of Fiji fact hasn’t helped us, at least we are going into the New Caledonia game with matches for the boys

 

Ravindra Pillay

Hope miracles are not expected out of Gamel. He looks very green!!!

 

Gyán Prasad

Christophe Gamel can you coach the sevens team as well? With Rajesh Moses Mani as your defence coach.

 

Christophe Gamel

Gyán Prasad no lol but i discover the 7s and it is a fantastic game.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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