Focus on set play
20 March, 2018, 12:00 am
THE Vodafone national soccer team will focus on their set pieces such as free kicks and corner kicks when they face the Philippines side on Thursday.
This was revealed by star striker Roy Krishna as he departed with the national team yesterday.
The Wellington Phoenix player said their opponents looked small in size, but played smart and fast football.
He said one of the ways to beat Philippines was during set pieces where the Fijians could fully use their height and size.
“I saw some clips of their games on the YouTube and they are small and sharp,” said Krishna.
“We will need to go for set pieces especially the corners and free kicks as this is one way we can easily beat them.”
He said he would give his best for the team and perform to the level expected by the coaches and teammates.
“I always gave best my best when I play for Fiji so the upcoming games will be no different as I will be out there and do my best.”
Meanwhile, head coach Christophe Gamel said the opposition would be a hard tough nut to crack when they play.
“They have very fast and tactical types of players. We have analysed them and we will do our best to block them.
“Our target is to be focus especially in the first 20 minutes and try to resist the pressure.”
Gamel said playing on artificial turf would benefit the opposition.
“They want us to play on artificial ground so they can increase the pace of the game.
“I want this team to perform well and for the new players to be exposed to top level competition.”
The side will be captained by Remueru Takiata.
Remueru (Captain), Laisenia Raura Naioko, Kolinio Vakarauvanua Sivoki, Kavaia Rawaqa, Sakaraia Naisua, Epeli Leiroti, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Kishan Ravinesh Sami, Rusiate Matarerega, Ame Votoniu, Junior Narendra Rao, Marika Rawasoi, Epeli Saukuru, Dave Radrigai, Setareki Waqanitoga Hughes, Epeli Loaniceva, Zibraaz Hanif Sahib, Simione Tamanisau (Vice Captain), Roy Krishna, Ratu Apenisa Anare, Ratu Savenaca Nakalevu, Filipe Baravilala, Patrick Neel Joseph