July 11, 2022
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Yet to play our best football: Cole

Digicel National women's Head Coach Lisa Cole says the side is yet to play their best football despite winning two friendly matches against Tonga and the Cook Islands last week.
 
Cole, while acknowledging the players for their effort said they still need to improve on their fitness in order to put up a better performance at the OFC Nations Cup this week.   
 
"I mean, we got to start two different sets of players."
 
"We got to see some different players and what they can give us during the tournament."
 
"I think this tournament, in order to win, we have to win five games or be competitive in these five games."
 
"And so we've really talked about it all of us being ready to make a difference and contribute and so it's been nice to see our performance get better."
 
"We won the two build-up matches pretty easily, but we didn't play our best football as the speed of play wasn't what I wanted it to be."
 
"What I saw was that we are yet to play our best football and I'm sure this set of players can deliver what is really needed at the OFC level."
 
She further said the competition at the OFC tournament will be intense but they are ready to win and improve game by game.
 
"They just need a little boost in their performance and also how they play against the Oceania teams."
 
"And so even coming out of the win, we were like there's a higher standard left to be filled."
 
"So we challenged them against Cook Islands and I think we saw some of the things we wanted to see in the Cook Islands game but again, I think we need to make a couple of adjustments before the Solomon game."
 
"We've talked about this from one game to the next game. I feel we can improve as a team if we go by each game so we're hopefully sitting in the championship game, we're playing our best football."
 
Fiji will open its campaign against the Solomon Islands at 7 pm on Thursday before they face New Caledonia on Sunday at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.
 
By Romeka Romena


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