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Gamel: We’re Preparing For The Future

The Vodafone Fijian football team left for Noumea yesterday morning. They face New Caledonia tomorrow in their return clash of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia- OFC Stage 3 qualifiers.
10 Jun 2017 11:00
Gamel: We’re Preparing For The Future
From left: Vodafone Fijian football players Madhwan Goundar, Andrew Naicker and Beniamino Mateinaqara at Nadi International Airport on June 9. 2017. Photo: Vodafone Fiji

The Vodafone Fijian football team left for Noumea yesterday morning.

They face New Caledonia tomorrow in their return clash of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia- OFC Stage 3 qualifiers.

This was after the Fijians fought back from a 2-0 deficit to grab a 2-2 draw in their first encounter on Wednesday at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

“We are preparing for the future,” Fijian football head coach Christophe Gamel said.

“I’ve started a new process with youth and this will be a good test to give players experience. New Caledonia are a very good team and I’m taking it like a test.

“It’s always an honour to represent Fiji in a World Cup qualifier and everyone – agents and clubs – look at these kinds of games to find players. It’s a double win: exposure and international experience.”

Similar sentiment was echoed by New Caledonia coach Thierry Sardo who said he’s focusing on the future as well, and plans on using the match to develop a stronger, more structured future national team.

“For us, as for Fiji, a new cycle is beginning with an eye on the OFC Nations Cup 2020,” he said.

“We’ve put in place a year-long game plan which is adapted to the qualities of the New Caledonian players, and we will continue to work on this in order to have the most competitive team possible.”

 

HUGHES RULED OUT

Gamel has confirmed that Andrew Naicker has stepped in for the injured Setareki Hughes.

He said it is important to build trust with the players.

“I don’t call anyone as I always have 22 players in the team, in case of these kinds of things.

“So I bring him in because he had been working with us for almost two   weeks and I think it’s also important to trust him since he is in the squad.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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