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New blood included in Gamel’s squad

Altaaf Sahib (R) in action during the OFC Futsal Championship for Fiji in 2016. Credit: OFC via Phototek

Fiji national team coach Christophe Gamel has named a 32 member squad as the build-up for the international friendly against Estonia gets underway.

Fiji will play the 80th ranked nation on 19 November at ANZ Stadium and among the usual suspects are newcomers Krishan Sami and Altaaf Sahib.

A former U-20 international, Sahib also made his futsal debut alongside older brother Mira at the OFC Futsal Championship held in Fiji in 2016.

Gamel said the 22-year-old’s recent performances during the Muslim tournament and IDC in Auckland put Sahib on his radar.

“His technical abilities could be interesting,” Gamel said. “Let’s see.”

The Frenchman has also been monitoring the coaches and districts taking part in Fiji’s recent Inter-District Championship and he’s seen widespread adoption of the philosophy he hopes to introduce.

“The coaches have applied my philosophy and the standard of football has improved,” he said.

“I am happy because the crowd was there, the football was well appreciated and well done, the players played well and the level is growing.”

Gamel said the match against Estonia is an opportunity to continue building his squad for the future and he’s looking forward to the challenge of a higher ranked side.

“We are bringing more youth into the project, developing a philosophy of possession and enjoying being together with the Fijian spirit.

Fiji training squad

Remueru  Tekiata Ba
Laisenia Raura Naioko Ba
Junior Narendra Rao Ba
Kishan Sami Ba
Sitiveni Cavuilagi Ba
Samuela Nabania Ba
Waisake Ravuiwasa Dreketi
Amani Makoe Valebalavu Labasa
Tuivuna Antonio Labasa
Shaneel Naidu Labasa
Christopher Frances Wasasala Lautoka
Kolinio Vakarauvanua Sivoki Lautoka
Dave Radrigai Lautoka
Kavaia Rawaqa Lautoka
Zibraz Sahib Lautoka
Napolioni Qasevakatini Nadi
Rupeni Rabici Nadi
Ame Votoniu Nadi
Paulo Buke Nadroga
Shalvin Singh Nadroga
Roy Krishna Overseas
Sharvan Sharma Overseas
Altaaf Mansoor Sahib Overseas
Simione Tamanisau Rewa
Epeli Saukuru Rewa
Misaele Draunibaka Rewa
Jonetani Buksh Rewa
Epeli Loaniceva Rewa
Setareki Waqanitoga Hughes Suva
Tevita Kalisito Cakau Koroi Suva
Epeli Leiroti Suva
Vilitati Koutoga Tavua

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