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Makoe To Stay As Captain

Solid Rewa central defender Amani Makoe is going to lead the Vodafone Fijian football side in today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against New Caledonia at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Despite
07 Jun 2017 11:30
Makoe To Stay As Captain
Vodafone Fijian football striker, Saula Waqa, with students of Nanukuloa College in Ba on June 6, 2017. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

Solid Rewa central defender Amani Makoe is going to lead the Vodafone Fijian football side in today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against New Caledonia at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

Despite Roy Krishna joining camp earlier this week, head coach Christophe Gamel believes Makoe has leadership skills that would make his late mum proud.

“There will be no change in the captaincy role we know Roy came back and he’s fit and a leader,” he said.

“But I keep Makoe because he just lost his mother on the night we won our second game against Solomons, so I want his mother to see him from wherever she is and be proud of him.”

The French national announced his 23-member squad yesterday and believes there could be two changes in his final line-up.

“We know New Caledonia will be very good in short plays, they like short passes so they are able to apply space at the back of the defensive line. If you see the game with Solomon Islands it’s been a problem for us.

“I’ve tried to work on this to give more possibility for our players to play their best football.”

Gamel believes consistency is paramount for the team.

“It’s a matter of consistency for us and I’ve been not satisfied for the last three days of training because consistency was not there.

“We would like to show that we are growing as we try to bring pride to our nation.”

Meanwhile, New Caledonia have opted to field young players.

Head coach Thierry Sardo confirmed there are no professional players in the team.

“We came in as a team, we’ve a very young team, it will be a very interesting match and we have zero professional players.

“We are ready for Fiji,” Sardo said.

The clash kicks-off at 4pm.

Fijian 23-member squad; 1. Laisenia Raura, 2. Remueru Tekiate, 3. Saula Waqa, 4. Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, 5. Ilaitia Tuilau, 6. Beniamino Mateinaqara, 7. Samuela Kautoga, 8. Dave Radrigai, 9.Waisake Tabucava, 10. Andrew Naicker, 11. Madhwan Aklesh Gounder, 12. Roy Krishna, 13.Tevita Koroi, 14. Amani Makoe,  15.Christopher Wasasala, 16.Simione Tamanisau, 17. Kolinio Sivoki, 18. Sitiveni Cavuilagi, 19. Setareki Hughes, 20. Iosefo Verevou, 21. Epeli Saukuru, 22. Kavaia Rawaqa, 23. Mannav Permal.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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