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Toata: Fiji present a different ball game

Solomon Islands coach Moses Toata insists that Fiji will present a different ball game compared to Macau as both Melanesian nations clash in an international friendly tomorrow at ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji.

Toata and company thrashed Asian underdogs Macau 4-1 on Thursday last week in first of the two international friendlies line-up for this FIFA window.

Speaking during a pre-match press conference, Toata said his team will face an uphill battle against the Bula boys.

“Macau is a lowly ranked team with due respect to them and not competitive as Fiji. So it will be a different ball game”, he said.

“Like I said Macau is less competitive. I have played Fiji before in PNG 2016, it was the last time I had coached against Fiji.”

The Solomon Islands tactician is well aware of the threat Fiji posed within their ranks.

Wellington Phoenix forward Roy Krishna and England based Stock City’s Scot Wara are two professional players who answered Christophe Gamel’s call to join the Fiji national side.

“We know what Fiji can do having people like Roy Krishna in the team and now Scot, it will be tough but it’s something that we will try and prepare to strategize our game”, Toata added.

Like Toata, his opposite number Gamel is wary of the threat the national side posed to Fiji.

The France man insisted that it was a close affair when the teams met in previous encounters.

Since taking helm of the Bula boys, Gamel recorded a win and two draws last year against the Solomons.

The two sides last met at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in a nil all draw at Kroman Stadium in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Solomon Islands will play Fiji at 6pm SI local time tomorrow at ANZ Stadium in Suva.




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