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Tough Final For Our Women, Says Gamel

  The Vodafone Fijian football coach Christophe Gamel has played down the Fijian Women’s chances of beating New Zealand in the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup. The Marika
30 Nov 2018 10:35
Tough Final For Our  Women,  Says Gamel
Vodafone Fijian Women’s midfielder Cema Nasau goes for a high ball against Papua New Guinea is the semifinal in Noumea, New Caledonia on November 28, 2018. Fiji won 5-1. Photo: OFC Media

 

The Vodafone Fijian football coach Christophe Gamel has played down the Fijian Women’s chances of beating New Zealand in the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup.

The Marika Rodu-coached side beat Papua New Guinea 5-1 in the semi-final on Wednesday to set up a historic clash with the Kiwis in Noumea, New Caledonia tomorrow.

The Frenchman travelled with the side to New Caledonia and has been working closely with Rodu to fine tune the team.

“The gap is big between the two teams,” Gamel said while speaking from Noumea yesterday.

“All of New Zealand’s players are professionals, with most of them playing in Europe.”

Fiji lost 10-0 to the Kiwis in pool play, but Rodu, having already qualified for the semi-final, rested 10 of his starters for that game.

Gamel admits getting a positive result will be tough for the Fijians but said a one-off upset should not be ruled out.

The semi-final win on its own was a major achievement for the Rodu’s team.

Reflecting on the team’s win, Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said New Zealand should be wary of the Fijian team.

“It was a great feeling to dethrone PNG and reach the final,” Yusuf said.

“In our first match against New Zealand, we rested 10 of our players so they don’t really know yet what our team is capable of.”

The winner of the final will qualify for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2020’s Olympic Games.

– Edited by Osea Bola

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