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Gamel Negotiates Wara’s Release

  Stoke City’s Under-18 defender Scott Wara’s place in the Vodafone Fijian football team for the international friendly against Indonesia is yet to be confirmed. National football head coach Christophe
01 Aug 2017 11:00
Gamel Negotiates Wara’s Release
Scott Wara in action for Stoke City in the English Under-18 Premier.

 

Stoke City’s Under-18 defender Scott Wara’s place in the Vodafone Fijian football team for the international friendly against Indonesia is yet to be confirmed.

National football head coach Christophe Gamel told SUNsports that he is still holding talks with the English club about releasing Wara before the FIFA window opens on August 27.

“Scott is in big consideration but his place in the national team for the upcoming match in Indonesia is not 100 per cent,” Gamel said.

“I’ve seen some videos and it could be interesting if he can play for his country but we must also keep in mind he is eligible to play for England as well.

“At the moment I’m having talks with his club about releasing him before August 19 when we march into camp.

“We will be in camp for 10 days and it is important that Scott is in camp with us so that I can gauge how he is on the field. For now, it is likely the club will only release him during the FIFA window which opens two days before we leave for Indonesia.

“That is not enough time for me to see how he adjusts on the field with the other boys, so I’m trying to get him in for the 10 day camp that we will have before we go on tour.

“So I need to have an agreement with his club and hopefully everything works out; I will be travelling to England to see one of his games as well.

“I think it is also good to note that he is keen to play for his country which is good to see, it is just a waiting game for now.”

The 17-year-old was born in Lautoka but grew up in Staffordshire and joined the Potters in 2014/15 after being spotted playing for Longton Park Rangers.

If Wara does not feature for the team in the upcoming tour in Indonesia, Gamel says he will definitely be considered for future international games.

“Scott is one player that I want to play for us and I need to see how he plays and gels in with the boys as well. Even if he will not be considered for the upcoming international match I definitely want him in future games that we will have. If he wants to play for his country of birth than that is a bonus for us.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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