The Vanuatu Men’s National team has drawn with the Fiji National team 0-0 in the Fifa International friendly game at Korman Stadium yesterday.
The game saw both teams displaying their skills in the first half of the game but no goals were conceded during the first 45 minutes, with an additional extra time of two minutes before the referee stopped the game. In the first 30 minutes, a Fijian player was given a red card after producing a tackle against Vanuatu, leaving Fiji down to 10 men in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, the game was stronger with both teams trying their best to score goals. However, both team defenders were much tougher in stopping goals. Tony Kaltak and Kency Tangis had a few opportunities within the second half but the Fijian defenders maintained their stand throughout the game to avoid any goals for the Vanuatu team.
During the first 20 minutes, another Fijian player was given a red card leaving the Fijian team down to 9 players against a 11-player team of Vanuatu, who tried really hard to score a goal. Both teams were given an extra six minutes time before the second half ended. Both teams tried their best but could not produce goals in the final 90 minutes of the game.
Fiji National team head coach, Christophe Gamel said he is happy with his team’s performance so far. He said that though the boys were down with 9 players, they had worked tremendously hard in defending goals from the Vanuatu side.
Coach Gamel said Vanuatu is a strong team offensively but he is happy with their game plan that had seen the boys giving all their best in the match. He said with 9 players, things were becoming difficult for them but overall, he was happy on their performances which resulted in a draw.
Vanuatu coach, Paul Munster said that he was a bit disappointed in yesterday’s game.
“He said the first half the boys really played very well but were unable to concede a goal. Coach Munster said even though the boy did not win the game but the performances has allowed the game to come to a nil draw between both teams, emphasizing that is still a clean sheet for the Vanuatu team.
Overall, he is happy with the game. He also mentioned the team will be traveling to Indonesia in the upcoming months for more friendly games with the Asian countries.