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Fiji Save Best For Last

Team Fiji men’s football team exited the Pacific Mini Games undefeated and with the silver medal. The Christophe Gamel- coached side saved their best performance yesterday when they walloped New
16 Dec 2017 11:00
Fiji Save Best  For Last
Team Fiji men’s football defender Kolinio Sivoki attempts to kick for goal against New Caledonia at the Port Vila Stadium, Vanuatu on December 15, 2017. Photo: Peni Komaisavai

Team Fiji men’s football team exited the Pacific Mini Games undefeated and with the silver medal.

The Christophe Gamel- coached side saved their best performance yesterday when they walloped New Caledonia 4-1 at Port Vila Stadium in Vanuatu.

“I’m happy about how we scored the goals but was a bit disappointed with our players for conceding that goal so overall it was good,” he said.

Gamel had been criticising the lack of consistency of their players all throughout the competition but all of that was forgotten after the good performance.

“I thank our players for stepping in the right direction in terms of game maturity and we are becoming more adapted to the European style of football,” Gamel added,

Their goals came from Saula Waqa in the 45th minute, then followed by Antonio Tuivuna double in the 46th and 90th minute, then the final goal was sealed by Rusiate Matarerega three minutes into extra time.

New Caledonia’s lone goal came from Shene Welepane in the 36th minute.

“Our first half performance against Tonga was really wonderful but winning against New Caledonia is just a real pleasure.”

Meanwhile, hosts Vanuatu pipped Solomon Islands 3-2 to win the gold medal. Solomon Islands with star striker Benjamin Totori had to settle with the bronze medal.

Edited by Osea Bola

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