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Gamel Targets 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Vodafone Fiji national Coach Christophe Gamel says they are targeting the 2026 qualification in the FIFA World Cup. Gamel said Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel, national team director Tarunesh Reddy
01 Jun 2017 10:30
Gamel Targets 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Vodafone Fiji national coach Christhope Gamel. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Vodafone Fiji national Coach Christophe Gamel says they are targeting the 2026 qualification in the FIFA World Cup.

Gamel said Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel, national team director Tarunesh Reddy and chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf and the Fiji FA Board were behind him.

“They are supporting me and I am happy,” Gamel said.

He said he had seen a lot of potential in Fijian players and that was why he took up the challenge to be here.

“I have come here leaving my son back in France after seeing the potential in the players here.”

Gamel said only the thing he needed was the dedication and passion from the players.

“The players have everything in them and they only need dedication and passion for the sport and also the heart for their country.”

He said Fiji FA was working well with the grassroots development and that what was needed to develop football in this country.

“The Fiji FA Technical Director is working well with the grassroots development and I think that is the right pathway to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

He said he did not know how long he would be with Fiji Football but he would dedicate that to this beautiful country. “I will do my best. “

Gamel said players needed discipline and organisation in every level of football.

“We have to start everything from the grassroots development and every age group teams.”

The Frenchman believes in future there will be some disappointing results and he does not care about the result.

He said he would be working some new tactics with the team which would take some time for them to adjust to it.”

He said people should stop criticising and support the football in the country.

The Vodafone Fiji will play New Caledonia in their final matches of OFC Stage 3 at Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji, on 7 June and at StadeNuma Daly in Noumea, New Caledonia, on 11 June.

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