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Big Turnout Impresses Gamel

Big Turnout Impresses Gamel
Vodafone Fijian football coach Christophe Game (right) is happy with the response of players for the Under-23 trials now underway at the Fiji FA Academy in Ba. Photo: Fiji FA Media
January 10
10:23 2019

The Vodafone Fijian football head coach Christophe Gamel is impressed with the 52 players that marched into camp on Monday to be part of the Vodafone national Under-23 trials.

The nine-day programme began on Tues­day at the Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) Academy in Ba and ends on January 16.

Also reporting to camp are overseas based- players of Hamish Shakeel from Australia while from New Zealand are Shaheel Singh, Rajneil Chand, Cory Sharma and Raihan Azim.

“I’m happy to see the big numbers put their hands up for the national team,” Gamel told SUNsports.

“The call from local and overseas players have been overwhelming but I did not expect that many. The mindset is now changing.

“The level is not there yet but we need to develop them. The boys are fully motivated.”

Gamel said the final team will be named by the end of June.

The 2019 Oceania Football Confederation U23 Championship will be hosted in Fiji in September.

The winner will qualify as OFC’s represent­ative to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Meanwhile, the Northern based- players will join camp on Friday as the weather im­passe over the weekend disrupted their trav­el plans

Extended squad: Kishan Sami (Ba), Joeli Ra­nitu, Kini Madigi, Simione Nabenu, Kalaveti Sivoi, Jonetani Newa, Atunaisa Naucukidi, Amena Bolaitamana, Akeimi Ralulu (La­basa), Asaeli Batikasa, Vilitati Kautoga, Ilaisa Nayasi, France Kelepi Mishea Cataro­go (Lami), Waisake Ravuiwasa, Ravikash Krishna, Kartik Kumar, Muni Shivam Naidu (Lautoka), Semi Matalau, Merrill Nand, Mataiasi Toma, Zainal Ali, Bakalevu Vosuqa, Afraz Ali, Sekove Finau, Navneel Nand, Peni Tuigulagula (Nadi),Sekove Naivakananumi, Tito Vodowaqa, Patrick Joseph, Jone Ralulu, Sailasa Dunibitu, Donald Bali (Nadroga), Savenaca Baledrokadroka (Nasinu), Moham­med Alam, Mohammed Naizal, Arami Manu­manubai, Emmanuel Prakash (Rakiraki), Zainal Hussein, Ramzan Khan (Rewa), Paul Kalounaviti, Rusiate Qio, Apete Ravudolo, Abhishek Deo, Epeli Valevou, Asaeli Herit­age (Savusavu), Ivan Kumar (Suva), Bruce Hughes, Ratu Dau (Tavua), Marika Raw­asoi, Sumeet Goundar, Aporosa Balei, Wai­sake Soga, Jovilisi Borisi, Martin Nasova (Rewa), Stephen Tuivanuavou (Rewa), Sha­neel Narayan (Ba), Mosese Nabose (Rewa), Victor Simmons, Aaron Krishna, Praneel Jeet Singh, Sata Tale (Nadi), Shivneel Singh (Ba), Panapasa Tawakece (Lautoka), Jefi­ca Karavaki (Lautoka), Richard Tuikoro (Lautoka), Joela Biuvanua (Nasinu), –

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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