The Vodafone Fiji National Team will march into camp early next month to prepare for the match against New Caledonia in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers-OFC Stage 3.
The match will be on June 7 at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
Since Fiji is out of the contention after two losses against the All Whites who has made its way to the next step of the qualifiers, Fijian coach Christopher Gamel says they will prepare well for the two match series against New Caledonia.
Gamel said he was happy the boys had changed their style of play to what he wanted.
“You can see the changes in the way of the play as there have been lot of positive comments about the match against New Zealand,”Gamel said,
Gamel said he had high hopes for the Fijians to qualify in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and was working on his plans.
“I will start my plan for the 2022 world cup qualifying event with my visit to Asia where I will be meeting with the Asian national teams and arrange build-up matches against them from next year,” Gamel said.
“For the next two years I want to ensure that we play Asian teams and then we move to Qatar and Europe playing teams like Qatar and Hungary.”
The French national has also coached clubs in Qatar and Hungary.
“We need to play more international friendly games and from next year in the FIFA international friendly window I’m looking at Fiji playing.
This will also improve our FIFA rankings as well.
My purpose of the visit to Asia will be purely on securing international friendly matches with the Asian teams.”
Gamel also revealed that two Fijian players are on the verge of signing a deal with overseas clubs.
“I don’t want to reveal the names of the players until everything is confirmed.
“It will be good for the players to play professional football overseas like Wellington Phoenix’s Roy Krishna.
I hope to finalise the deal for the two players soon so that in time for the 2022 World Cup we will have more experienced and developed side,” Gamel added.
Gamel said the door was still open for selection for the players to join the national team side for the match against New Caledonia.
However, the two qualifying matches have helped head coach Christophe Gamel analyse our play and areas that he needs to work on.
The French national has called on football followers in the country to be patient as he works on building up a formidable side.
Ever since he took over from last year, Gamel has been stressing the importance of attitude and the need for all local stakeholders to change their mindset about football. Now we are living in the age of professionalism and we cannot be holding onto the past which actually hinders our progress.
Although the All Whites have moved on to the next round, for Gamel the remaining qualifying matches against New Caledonia is not just mere formality. He said it’s about Fiji stamping its mark as the best football nation in the Oceania Island region.
Fiji plays New Caledonia on June 7 at Churchill Park in Lautoka at 7pm and the second leg will be played on June 11 at Numa Daly, Stadium at 5pm in Noumea.