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Leone Cabenatabua: Use ‘Tomasi Cama Factor’

We did not play like defending World Series champions Dubai but there is no point dwelling on it.
10 Dec 2019 13:43
Leone Cabenatabua: Use ‘Tomasi Cama Factor’
From left: Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s rep Apenisa Cakaubalavu, former national 7s rep and coach Tomasi Cama Snr. and Josua Vakurunabili.

As defending champs the pressure is definitely on.

We did not play like defending World Series champions Dubai but there is no point dwelling on it.

The team must accept that they need to improve as a group and move forward.

Baber has turned down all media interviews until tomorrow as the team looks to re-focus their efforts in getting a win in Cape Town.

The result we attained in Dubai was not what we had expected.

This is where the ‘Tomasi Cama Factor’ is needed.

Last year, he joined the team in Hong Kong and it worked wonders as they went on to win a record fifth year in a row followed by triumphs in London and Paris.

Cama’s inclusion was an initiative of Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor and board chairman Francis Kean as they felt the players needed someone who they could look to for inspiration, encouragement or to confide in.

Cama is a disciplinarian in terms of fitness and keeping their cool on the field of play.

This was agreed to by Baber and the rest we can say is now history.

Baber must give Cama more say and time when dealing with the players in Cape Town.

As a former local-based player, he knows and understands the challenges the players face and how best they could deal with it.

Time is not on our side and Baber needs all the help he can get.

It’s now time to turn to Cama to work with the players while Baber focuses on the other aspects of their pool games.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel


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