July 12, 2022
Digicel National Women's football team Head Coach Lisa Cole says players are fuelled up with a proper diet and are ready to battle in the OFC Nation's Cup this week.
Cole said together with the Fiji Football Association, they had to make huge changes in the players' diet plan and also their training style.
"We've asked the Fiji FA for a bit of a change to our diet, really taking into account what should be match day minus one. We should be carbo-loading on the day of the game."
"And then right after the game we should be getting protein so really paying attention to little details when are we drinking electrolytes, when are we putting extra protein into our bodies."
"I referenced it to them like driving a car. You can put just regular fuel in the car and the car runs fine. But if you want to run a luxury or racing car you don't put regular fuel in it. Put the type of line fuel in it and that's what we need to do for these athletes."
She said players can only compete at the highest level possible, if they have the right amount of nutrition and protein in their body.
"We need to make sure that what they're putting into their body is nutritious and has the nutrition value that they need at the right time."
"That's been a big change seeing a difference in what they eat. We've looked at their running, the type of running that they're doing, and gotten rid of like any long, slow stuff and added quick, faster, that matches what the game demands are."
"Some of the little things we've talked about is hydration. We've made sure that there's bottled water available everywhere so that they have no excuses to not be hydrated because of hydration, sleep nutrition."
"Those are all things you control right. So if you get those things you can control right, then you're starting in the right place."
Fiji opens their OFC campaign against the Solomon Islands at 7 pm Suva's HFC Bank Stadium on Thursday," she explained.
By Romeka Romena