SUVA, (FIJI TIMES) — Two European-based coaches have been short-listed for the position of Fiji Football Association national coach.
The selection process has been cut down from 16 to four and then from four to two as the parent body tries to get the best person for the job.
The position has been vacant since September after former coach Frank Farina’s contract was terminated by Fiji FA.
The Fiji FA liaised with Oceania Football Confederation technical director Patrick Jacquemet and FIFA instructor Giovani Fernandes to finalise the short-list of applicants.
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel did not want to reveal the names of the two short-listed coaches yesterday but one is rumoured to be Cristophe Gamel from France.
The other is believed to be Michael Muller from Germany.
Gamel is the assistant coach of Paris Saint-Germain FÃminines which is a French women’s professional football club based in Paris.
According to wikipedia the club was formed in 1991 as the female section of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club which is commonly referred to as PSG which plays in the highest tier of French football known as the Ligue 1.
Patel said the initial interviews had been done through skype.
He said more interviews would be done before the presentations would be made to the board for final approval.
“We expect to name the national coach by the second week of January,” Patel said.
“There is a coach from France and one from Germany that have been short-listed down to the last two.
“We will follow the normal process for the national bodies to apply for funds through the Fiji Sports Commission to get the package for the head coach.”
Fiji is 177th in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
Fiji will host New Zealand on March 20 then play them again in New Zealand on March 28.
Fiji’s next home match will be against New Caledonia on June 5 and then travel to play New Caledonia on June 13 in the away fixture.
The national training squad will march back into next camp on January 9.
Yogendra Dutt is the assistant national coach…