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Gamel: 1-1, I’m Happy

    Comments: Gamel said with lack of preparation time and the players being fatigued after taking part in the Vodafone Fijian FACT last weekend, he was happy with the
26 May 2017 10:51
Gamel: 1-1, I’m Happy
Solomon Michal Boso and Saula Waqa compete for the ball. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

 

Comments: Gamel said with lack of preparation time and the players being fatigued after taking part in the Vodafone Fijian FACT last weekend, he was happy with the outcome.

“Training for one day I am very happy with what the boys have achieved.

“They played against a very good team. 1-1, I’m happy,” Gamel said.

“I can tell you it was not easy.  We try to manage the ball, technically it was a very interesting because Solomon Islands play a really good game.

“You cannot believe the amount of mental work we did because some of the players were really exhausted competing in the FACT. But I appreciate what they have achieved.”

Indiscipline continues to be a problem and Gamel said the problem needs to be addressed at the district level first.

“It’s always a problem in Fiji, the best way to address discipline is playing and enjoying the game,” he said.

“Our districts need to put their foot down because they allow too many players to carry on with this bad demeanor.”

Meanwhile, Solomon Islands coach Filipe Vega said more international games need to be played for his team to improve.

“I think it was a really good an entertaining game for the teams and fans. We made some good runs but failed to finish it properly and allowed Fiji to have too many chances.

“We have a lot of work to do and we are hoping to get better by having more international games,” Vega said.

 

What happened: Solomons Islands started off strong making the Fijian goalkeeper work hard.

Team captain Benjamin Totori’s attempts at goal were deflected.

Fiji’s defence was constantly put to the test 19 minutes into the game as Solomon Islands were determined to find an opening.

A hand ball inside the box by Remueru Tekiata resulted in a penalty kick to Solomon Islands but it was saved  Beniamino Matainaqara.

In the 36th minute, Epeli Saukuru scored for Fiji catching Solomon Islands goalkeeper Philip Mango off guard.

Fiji’s gave away a penalty in the 40th minute giving Solomon Islands Micah Lea’alafa to tie the score, 1-1.

 

Halftime: Fiji 1-1 Solomon Islands

 

Setareki Hughes attempted to extend the lead but the ball went wide. Solomon Islands had good control but Fiji defence stood firm.

Both teams struggled to find an opening as the defence held strong ending the game in a draw.

 

Big Play: Solomon Islands dominated the game and had a lot of chances but finishing was a problem.

 

Star turn: Epeli Saukuru’s goal made the Fijian fans go wild.

The second game will be at Churchill Park, Lautoka  3pm on Sunday.

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