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NZ Based Players Join National Team

New Zealand based Vodafone Fiji Football players Rinal Prasad and James Hoyt are gelling well with the local players in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers-OFC stage 3.

Coach Christophe Gamel said that the duo had been doing very well since they joined camp on Sunday.

“They really came in with ambition and voluntarily to help the national team and that is very good, “he said.

Gamel said they both had technical skills, they were powerful and that was exactly what he needed to add to this team.

“It is hard to get these kind players in the country and I am sure they will add more strength to the team”.

Gamel said they had adopted very well with the Fijian players in camp.

The players he said welcomed them with their open arms which is very good.

“We need to incorporate these boys into the team and into our style of play,”

Gamel is happy with the current players who have been training and feels that the boys are giving it their best and just need confidence to play to their full potential.

“Training is going well, I do not have my full team but the boys who are present are dedicated for the training. There are so many things to do but we will do our best, I know that there are lots of expectations for this game but I cannot do everything overnight because it takes time.

“I have given priorities and only have two days with my full team before the match and I hope we can do our best for that.

“The boys are giving it their best, it is different when an amateur gives his best compared to a professional but to be honest I am proud of these boys. I want them to enjoy the game and play their hearts out.

James Hoyt who plays for Tazman FC in New Zealand said it was his privilege to represent his country.

“I am very much honored and privileged to be part of the Vodafone Fiji National team, “Hoyt said.

He said it was his dream to represent the country in the main team.

“It was my dream to play for the main team as I have played for the Fiji under 17 and under 20 side.”

The 26 year old Lautoka lad believes beating New Zealand should not be hard.

“I have played alongside some of the New Zealand players in the club games and I would say they are physically and technically good but if we do our part and follow our game plan and learn the way the coach is teaching, I am sure we will beat them,” said Hoyt.

Rinal Prasad who is no stranger to Fiji Football said he was very excited to be called into the Vodafone Fiji national team.

‘I didn’t expected that I will ever be able to don the national jumper, “Prasad said.

He said like every player he had a dream also to represent his country.

“I could not believe when I was first told that I have been selected to be part of the national team, “Prasad said.

He said he had played alongside some of the players before and didn’t find it difficult to gel in.

‘I have played with most of these boys in the national under 17 and under 20 team so it not that hard to understand them, “Prasad said.

He said he was very much looking forward to don the white jumper and make his family proud.

“I will do my best if given chance to wear the national jumper against the All Whites, “he said.

Fiji plays All Whites on Saturday 25th March at 1pm at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

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