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Chosson reflects on disappointing campaign

But they suffered hefty defeats at the hands of New Caledonia and Tahiti – who both went on to compete in the final – and posted just one win, a 5-0 success over underdogs Samoa.
Shortly after the tournament, oceaniafootball.com talked to Vanuatu technical advisor Christian Chosson to get his take on the Nations Cup campaign and what the future now holds.
What did you think of Vanuatu’s performance at the Nations Cup?
The performance of the Vanuatu team was quite disappointing. But it was not a surprise as we were aware of some areas in which we could have difficulties.
What were some of those factors that resulted in the disappointing performance?
Before the Nations Cup, the local championship was long and the players were a bit tired mentally and physically. They had a break of four or five days but it was not enough to recover and get ready. That had a big impact on our preparation. Because the players were playing with their clubs until very late they were not available as much as we would have hoped to prepare well for the Nations Cup.
Despite the failure to make the semi-finals, are there any positives you can take out of the tournament?
After the good results of the U-23 team during the Olympic qualifier in New Zealand, we decided to bring a majority of the players from that squad with us to the Solomon Islands for the Nations Cup. Eleven players from the U-23 team were included in the senior squad. I think it was an opportunity for them to gain some experience and for us to work towards the future.
What steps do you think can be taken to ensure Vanuatu football has a bright future?
To develop fully, the federation needs to work closely and in harmony with the local clubs. The number and the level of the coaches also needs to be increased.
Which Vanuatu players impressed you at the Nations Cup?
Two players made a good impression on me. Brian Kaltack played well, he was focused and demonstrated all the qualities of a great player by his attitude, both on and off the field. I would also like to name Robert Tasso as he showed that he has good qualities and is decisive in front of goal.
Do you think these players have the ability to play overseas?
Yes, I think they have the qualities to do so. They have a good attitude and skills. I think they have the ability to play in Europe but they need to grow in a strong championship like New Zealand or Australia.

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