Coaches need to work to­gether, says Ser­rit­slev

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a

Fi­jian foot­ball head coach Flem­ming Ser­rit­slev has ad­vised coaches in the North­ern Di­vi­sion to help their play­ers adapt to play­ing fast pace foot­ball. Speak­ing dur­ing the Coaches Work­shop at the Galaxy Ho­tel and Apart­ments in Labasa yes­ter­day, he said this would make the game more in­tense and with big re­wards to come with it.

“Af­ter my ap­point­ment as na­tional coach in Fe­bru­ary I came here to watch the Voda­fone Premier League clash be­tween Labasa and Nas­inu,” Ser­rit­slev said.

“Like any other teams in Fiji, I’ve found out that Labasa need to work on their speed in or­der to bring out more ex­cite­ment in their game and for spec­ta­tors to en­joy.

“Play­ers should be able to connect their passes cor­rectly but it should be done with speed.”

Ser­rit­slev said so far foot­ball in the coun­try is played at a very slow pace.

“It shows play­ers lack con­cen­tra­tion and this is seen on the passes they make.

“Many of those passes do not connect their team-mates. The passes need to connect with their team­mates and again must be done at a speed.

“In this work­shop I have 17 coaches across the North­ern Di­vi­sion at­tend­ing, who are also un­der-19 coaches,”

Ser­rit­slev in­di­cated that this the first time he has met the coaches.

“I want to see all coaches work­ing to­gether so that we can raise the stan­dard of foot­ball to an­other level.

“I’m aware that the North­ern Di­vi­sion has pro­duced great play­ers like Roy Kr­ishna but they can still do bet­ter.

“I may look old as I’m 73-years but I have come pre­pared to give ad­vice, ideas but my aim is to work with the coaches and achieve the goals we’ve set.”

Photo: Shar­tika Naidu

Coaches un­dergo the work­shop at the Galaxy Ho­tel and Apart­ments in Labasa on May 13, 2020.

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