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Rirsbergen: We need to concentrate

The men’s football team coach Wim Rirsbergen says the national team must maintain high concentration in their remaining matches in the Pacific Games football competition.

Rirsbergen made the comments after the opening 13-0 win against Tuvalu on Monday July 8 in Apia, Samoa.

The Dutchman lamented the lack of concentration in front of goal despite scoring double figures against the non-FIFA ranked side and urged his player’s to be disciplined when taking on tougher opponents.

“The game was easy everyone wants to score but still we had to keep our concentration,” he said.

“When we started there were lots of passes that were wrong which shows the lack of concentration.

“We need to concentrate because the moment you play against a good team concentration is different but hopefully they can keep that.

“We scored a couple of good goals and should have scored more.”

Rirsbergen knows that their next opponents New Caledonia will be tough.

“We were focusing on Tuvalu but also had in our minds that New Caledonia will be tough.

“We don’t know how they will play against a good team because we saw it happened in the Netherlands, but overall we will very happy with the performances and hopefully this will give them some confidence for Wednesday because New Caledonia have some good players,” Rirsbergen added.

Solomon Islands will play New Caledonia at the JS Blatter Football Competex in Faleata on Wednesay 10 July, 2019 at 11am SI local time.

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