Players’ progress impress Serritslev

Ashnil Raju of the Digicel Fiji team controls possession during the Bula Boys training session at the Fiji FA academy ground in Ba. Picture: FIJI FA

The Digicel Fiji soccer team players are getting into top shape as the all-important Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Qualifiers in March 2022 to be hosted by Qatar nears, says head coach Flemming Serritslev.

Serritslev said the Bula Boys were getting better as the days progressed.

“I am happy with what I have seen over the last week since we started the training camp,” Serritslev said.

“My task is to bring together an elite group of footballers to accomplish something.

“I have set a standard of competence and the boys are exhibiting a strong knowledge about the style of play I desire.

“I think of it as my ability to condition the national footballers’ minds and to train them to think alike as a unit.”

He said there should never be a moment on the football pitch when a player did not feel challenged both physically and intellectually.

“My job as the national football team head coach is to ensure each footballer in the team approaches his own game with total concentration, intensity and skill.

“The boys are beginning to respond intelligently to whatever confronts them.

“They’re more precise, execute better and have a quicker response at the many small interval games we’re having during the training sessions related to the big games.

“I’m happy with the progress of the players and they’ve shown total commitment and dedication towards the training sessions. All good!”

Serritslev continues to develop a uniquely thoughtful style of football for the Bula Boys including a successful system of team management that has become one of the hallmarks of the Danish national since he was appointed in 2020.

The national team had marched into camp on Monday, January 17 at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba for a two-week training camp schedule, which will be followed immediately by the naming of the final 24-member squad to carry the nation’s hopes of qualification to the pinnacle event of the sport – FIFA World Cup – later in the year.

The Bula Boys are expected to reassemble on February 17.

Meanwhile, the Fiji football team are placed in the pool of death with New Caledonia, arch nemesis New Zealand All Whites and dark horses Papua New Guinea in Group B of the OFC Qualifiers.

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