25 Mar 2017

Sport: Fiji demand full team effort in "near impossible' clash

12:30 pm on 25 March 2017

Fiji coach Christophe Gamel says a full team effort is required if they're to have any chance against New Zealand in today's FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Lautoka.

Captain Roy Krishna scored both goals in a 2-0 victory when the teams last met in Lautoka eight years ago.

Fiji captain Roy Krishna is his country's chief scoring threat.

Fiji captain Roy Krishna is his country's chief scoring threat. Photo: OFC via Phototek

He also scored in a 3-1 loss to New Zealand during last year's OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby but Gamel said the onus was on all of his players to step up.

"Roy is very important because it's my only professional player but one player doesn't make a team."

"Only our spirit and the way we want to face this game will give doubt to New Zealand players. Otherwise I put only Roy on the field and let's see what happens."

Fiji football coach Christophe Gamel.

Fiji football coach Christophe Gamel. Photo: Fiji Football

Christophe Gamel arrived in Fiji at the start of the year and says it will take time to change the mentality of his players.

The Frenchman says, realistically, Fiji's team of amateurs will face an uphill battle to contain an All Whites side full of experienced professionals.

"If I say not, it's impossible, I never hear about a coach that thinks he can't do it. I think we can do it with a good spirit."

"The only problem is that we have few time, this is the big problem and we have less time. I know it's going [to be] very hard and near impossible but even if it's going to be very hard, very hard is not impossible so we will do our best."

The game kicks off at one o'clock local time, with the return leg in Wellington on Tuesday.