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New keeper coach

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

THE Vodafone National Football team will soon be boosted with a new goalkeeper coach.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed that France-based Xavier Henneuse will be arriving in Fiji on Friday to take up the post.

He said Fiji FA decided on this move after analysing the 13 international matches played since 2017.

"Xavier will be bringing along his experience from France to boost the goalkeepers in Fiji," Yusuf said.

"After analysing the past 13 international games from last year, we conceded goals because of the blunders by our goalkeepers and thus we need an expertise to guide our goalkeepers," he said.

The CEO confirmed Xavier would be coming at a cost.

Head coach Christophe Gamel echoed similar sentiments.

"We have lost some games because of goalkeeping errors, and this is why I have requested for a goalkeeper coach," Gamel said.

"We need a good evolution goalkeeper coach and that is the only way to improve goalkeeping position in Fiji.

"His mission will be interesting as we will train our goalkeepers and also scout a good goalkeeper coach and train him for the future to train goalkeepers."

Gamel says a good goalkeeper will be someone who can fit in this modern philosophy of European football.

"When you rebuild and start from the back, the first striker is the goalkeeper and they play a very vital role in every match," Gamel said.

"Our goalkeepers mostly don't take good options and we lose possession and in every match, taking possession is very important and that's what we want our goalkeepers to learn."

Meanwhile, Gamel has named goalkeepers Benito Waqavou (Rewa), Josaia Ratu (Ba), Akuila Mateisuva (Labasa), Waisake Ravuiwasa (Lami) and Simione Tamanisau (Suva) in his extended squad in preparation for the Philippines tour.

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