Positive mind-set for Estonia clash

By: Anushil Kumar


IMG_0387The Vodafone National Football head coach Christophe Gamel is urging the fans to come with a positive mind-set when the Bula Boys battle 80th ranked-Estonia this Sunday at ANZ Stadium in Suva.

With only three days away from the big clash, coach Gamel is not leaving any stones untouched during their training sessions at Fiji Football Academy in Ba.

The Frenchman said people need to understand that there is a super gap between Fiji and Estonia.

“We have to face with pride and show how Fiji soccer is improving.

“It’s not a problem even if we lose, we should continue to apply with consistency, hard work against a hard team, the type of play and philosophy of our project, I hope that the people come with a positive mind-set to support the team.”

He said offensive and defensive transition will be the key point of the game.

“The key point of this game is the transition; offensive and defensive.

“When we lose the ball, we will have to be really fast to reorganize ourselves otherwise it will become a mess because Estonia is very fast in the offensive transition.

“Physically they are good but tactically they are not responding well and against Estonia, you can’t make so many mistakes otherwise you will be crashed.”

Gamel said the rainy weather might be favourable to Estonia, however he has also advised the players on what to do should it rain during the game day.

“If it rains, it will be one point more against us because Estonia is very much used to playing in this conditions.

“We need to control play if it rains during the game, the rebound of the ball, the pace of the pass will be faster as this might be a negative point for us.”

The team to face Estonia is expected to be named on Friday.

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