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Let us get behind our team

Fred Wesley
Thursday, May 25, 2017

NATIONAL soccer coach Christophe Gamel obviously has a dream for the game in Fiji.

Part of it is to see us develop a new pattern of play.

That means distancing ourselves from the kick-and-chase affairs that have become the norm for many teams.

For that to happen though, Gamel realises our players must appreciate a general change in habits on the field.

It means playing to a very different standard. It means raising our standards and playing quality soccer.

While the national coach has made no bones about the need for discipline, organisation and a good structure, Gamel is trying not to expect too much from his young side this early though.

It is clear though that there will be no tolerance for the kick-and-chase game.

With skipper Roy Krishna out of our game against the Solomons tonight, the focus will be on players standing up to be counted.

Gamel believes players must understand what style of game the Solomon Islands will bring to the party so to speak.

"We need to maintain our style of football as I strictly do not want the players to play kick-and-chase football," he said.

That means players sticking to what they have been taught, and applying that on the field.

The line of thinking hovers around players playing according to plan to set the platform for the future of Fiji soccer.

It means revisiting the game against New Zealand in our most recent international outing.

Gamel wants our players to enjoy their game.

We play the Solomon Islands at 7pm in Suva.

While the final squad will be named today, the inclusion of four members of the national Under 20s is perhaps a sign of the times. We hope it is the way things are going to be in the future, with youngsters being given the opportunity to come through the ranks.

The Solomons will perhaps go in as favourites considering their better placing on the FIFA world rankings.

They sit on 180 as opposed to our 181. Our other Pacific neighbours Vanuatu are on 179.

Papua New Guinea are on 156 and New Caledonia are sitting on 165. New Zealand are far ahead on 112.

Tonight, much like our national sevens team, Gamel and our soccer team need our support to display feats of magic at the National Stadium.

There has noticeably been a change in attitude at national level among the players. It reflected positively in how we played against New Zealand.

Fans will no doubt be hoping this improvement continues.

Gamel needs time to nurture our players into top-rate players.

Let's get behind our team tonight. Let's cheer them on and motivate them to reach out for the stars.

Go Fiji, go.

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