Vodafone Fijian football team head coach Christophe Gamel is happy with the team’s performance despite going down 3-2 to the Philippines.
“Our game against the Philippines was a good one despite not getting the result that we were expecting,” he said.
“But nevertheless all the players did a good job but we did not score in the first half which was disappointing as we had good opportunities to score goals. One thing I noticed was that the Philippines played a very fast, structured game and that saw our players under a lot of pressure.
“The good part of this team is that there were accurate with their passing and also with their tactic skills. Honestly speaking despite once or twice the players failed to match-up but however they reacted well.”
Gamel indicated that it was encouraging how the players fought back from a 3-0 deficit.
“Overall looking at the performance of the players I was proud as a coach,” he added.
“We had our training session and I will change maybe 90 per cent of the team where we will be bringing in players that didn’t play in the last game so they are able to represent the national team,” Gamel added.
“Also, the coach of the Kaya FC is the assistant coach of the Philippines team and he has requested it would be good to play two games as it will allow us to expose the players to a professional level.”
With time not on our side, Gamel says, there is an urgent need to step-up our preparations for next year’s Olympic qualifiers.
“I feel we are already late with our preparations,” he said.
“So, there is need to lift our level of performance to make it to the Olympic qualifiers.”
The Fijian Under-23 football side played at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under Australian coach Frank Farina.
They lost to Korea Republic 8-0, Mexico 5-1 and Germany 10-0. The Fijians lone goal was scored by Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna.
Edited by Leone Cabenatabua