Vodafone Fiji national football coach Christhope Gamel was the happiest man when his team defeated Solomon Islands 1-0 in the second leg of the international friendly at Churchill Park in Lautoka last Sunday.
This was Gamel’s first win after taking charge three months ago. The Bula Boys lost 2-0 against New Zealand in both leg of the FIFA World Cup Qualification OFC Stage 3 Round and drew Solomon Islands 1-1 in the first leg of the series.
Gamel said he was very pleased today (Sunday) with the performance of the boys.
“I tried to change some tactical things and the players proved it today despite they could not do it yesterday (Saturday) during training as some tactical move were not working,”Gamel said.
Gamel congratulated the team for the fantastic performance against the Solomon Islands side.
“I have to congratulate the Bula Boys because you have seen that they had tried to play the football that I want them to play,” Gamel said.
The non-nonsense coach said he had seen the potential in the Fijian players.
“Three months ago when I came and exactly the potential I have seen in these boys but we need discipline and organization.”
The Frenchman said the fans must have seen the different football now played the national team.
“I am sure the fans who have seen the team playing will agree with the change of style in play of the team.”Gamel said.
“Now we can see they play more possession football and I knew the players had the capabilities to change the style of play.”
“I really congratulate them today (Sunday) and they are real heroes,” Gamel said.
Gamel said there were few things needed to be change and most importantly was the discipline.
“It is still difficult to get discipline in some players but I think that will change in years to come,”Gamel said.
“We have to be on time, we have to discipline and better organise,” Gamel said.
The Vodafone Fiji side have moved their focus towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qaulification OFc Stage 3 match against New Caledonia which will be played next Wednesday at 4pm at Churchill Park in lautoka and the return leg will be hosted by New Caledonia on June 11.