Hope at last

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu | Friday, June 9, 2017
The performance of our national soccer team in the second half brought the spectators to their feet and had our strikers been on target, Fiji would have grabbed maximum points against New Caledonia.
Roy Krishna in action for Fiji in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers against New Caledonia at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND
Roy Krishna in action for Fiji in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers against New Caledonia at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

However, the pattern and structure that coach Christophe Gamel is introducing will bear fruits in the near future.

The plan by the Frenchman to utilise younger and fitter players did not backfire as the young guns stood their ground firm and withstood the barrage of attacks from the visitors. I listened to the commentary and I was impressed with the level of performance from the young Fijian side.

Fiji will face a much hungrier New Caledonian outfit playing at home and we must not go with the attitude of defending, but show the hosts that we are capable of winning games away from home.

More work is needed upfront and Roy needs more quality balls. The absence of an exciting and talented midfielder is haunting the delivery of good balls upfront, which kills our chances of scoring goals.

Similarly our defenders need to be alert. The visitors scored two goals and we were trailing, but Roy and Saula's goals salvaged a point at home. So far so good, but more efforts are needed. On the other hand, the 7s maestro has pleaded with the public to give Baber more time.

Despite winning one title in his first outing, Baber has done well in grooming the younger players.

It's time that our Olympics heroes are given a break and more younger talents scouted for the 2017-18 WRSS. Baber has an immense task of also looking for an ideal replacement for our current captain Osea Kolinisau, who deserves a break from 7s rugby.

Serevi has insisted that Baber must be given an opportunity to prove himself in the WRSS. No more chopping and changing of coaches, please!

Let's support our Welshman! As I conclude, I wish my daughter Mahika, a happy second birthday.

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