Fiji coach to scout for players
25 May, 2018, 12:00 pm
VODAFONE Fiji football coach Christophe Gamel will closely monitor the performance of players in the 2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT who could make the national team to play Malaysia in July. Gamel said he wanted players to come away from the kick and chase football culture which had been present in Fiji for decades.
He said football has changed over the years and there was a need for the players to play possession based football to take football to another level in the country.
“We were provided with an opportunity to play Malaysia in July which is good for football,” Gamel said.
“Unfortunately, we cannot ask Malaysia to come to Fiji to play so we will go and play them in Malaysia,” Gamel said.
“The Fiji FACT would provide me with an opportunity to look at the players who could be part of the national team and I would be able to see the players’ performance in the Fiji FACT.”
Gamel said the selection criteria would not change as he wanted the players to play according to his style of possession based football.
“It is a same process for me as everyone is under selection,” he said.
“I want the teams to play good football and I do not want to see kick and chase football. It is important for everyone to come away from the kick and chase football and try to get into possession based football which is the way forward.”
The tournament starts at 1.30pm when Nadi plays Tavua followed by Dreketi and Labasa at 4pm.
The feature match of day one will be between Suva and Lautoka at 6pm while in the last match Ba will face hosts Rewa at 8pm