‘No Stop-Start Football’

Serritslev said he was glad that the DPL competition has resumed and it now looking forward to an overly exciting finish. 
26 Oct 2021 15:08
‘No Stop-Start Football’
Ba striker Samuela Drudru takes off his shirt to celebrate his goal along with team-mate Narend Rao in the Digicel Premier League clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on October 24, 2021. Ba beat Suva 2-1. Photo: Leon Lord

Digicel Fijian football head coach, Flemming Serritslev, wants to do away with stop-start football.

Speaking to SUNsports on Sunday evening, he said all Digicel Premier League teams must adopt a more free flowing game.

Serritslev said stop-start football causes a lot of delay, which kills the game of football.

“It defeats the purpose of structure and pattern we are trying to create for Fiji football,” he said.

The Dutch watched the Suva- Ba game and was at Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, to watch the second half of the Navua-Nadroga clash.

“The matches were hectic and intense but like I’ve said before I would like to see more football.

“All teams put on a good fight so there is no special player that shone in the weekend.”

Serritslev said, the Navua-Nadroga match was marred by scrappy play.

“There was one fight after the other. For both games there were lots of free kicks as a result there was no real flow in the game.

“So basically a lot of stop-start and it’s hard to get to the tempo that is needed.”

However, Serritslev was impressed with the physicality of teams.

“I’m satisfied with the physical level because it is not easy for them after half a year rest.

“The physical level of the game is better than what we could expect after half a year of rest.

“For the match in Navua, the players need to work more on their skills and techniques.

“Long balls were kicked towards the opponent’s goal and when it’s about holding on to the ball these teams need to do more in the coming weeks.

“Still too much aimless kicking and less football being played.”

Serritslev said he was glad that the DPL competition has resumed and it now looking forward to a very exciting finish.

On the national football team’s preparation for the Oceania qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Serritslev says, the players are to report to camp on November 1.

“We hope to have friendly matches during the FIFA November window but it won’t be possible.

“We will have a 15-day camp during that period and then in December we will have five days. In January, next year, we hope to have a friendly match,” he added.


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