NATIONAL football coach Christophe Gamel is an angry man despite Fiji’s win over Tonga 4-0 yesterday in the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.
In a no-nonsense tone at Port Vila Stadium in Port Vila after the win, Gamel claimed some players did not play to his expectation.
He named two Olympians claiming they did not play well.
“I am not satisfied with the performance because we saw two types of play. One in the first half and one in the second half,” Gamel said.
“I put in Setareki Hughes and Christopher Wasasala in the match, but they made the team unbalanced. They do not deserve to represent the national team. Wasasala was at zero today (yesterday) and he did not perform with Hughes.
“No one is above the national team and I will take action against them. If you do not play well, you will be forgotten very quickly.”
Fiji had a convincing 4-0 win over Tonga, however, Fiji missed a number of opportunities in the match with strikers Saula Waqa and Epeli Saukuru missing a number of scoring opportunities.
Fiji led 3-0 at half-time with goals from Saula Waqa through a header in the seventh minute before Napolioni Qasevakatini extended Fiji’s lead from a spot kick in the 14th minute.
Nippy utility Dave Radrigai also got on the score sheet with Waqa scoring his second in the 84th minute of the match.
“I never had my full team for any of the competition,” Games said.
“Football is very different when you play at international level and it is challenging to play at international level.”
Fiji will play New Caledonia on Friday at 2pm (Fiji Time).
Fiji team: Simione Tamanisau, Laitia Tuilau, Kavaia Rawaqa, Remueru Tekiate, Altaaf Sahib, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Vuniuci Tikoimaimereke, Dave Radrigai, Ame Votoniu, Epeli Saukuru and Saula Waqa
Story by Fiji Times