Yesterday was the big game for a place in the ConIFA World Football Cup final between Arameans Suryoye and Ellan Vannin. After 1-1 at half time the Manx came up stronger in the second half to win the game 1-4. Coach Alan was left with few options after three players got injured with a bench already lacking in depth.
1-4, not what you expected, what went wrong?
“We knew this would be a tight game. Three of our players were not fit enough and we had to substitute three injured players early in the game. We did start well and opened the score but lacked the strength to hold them off. It was still 1-1 at halftime but after their second goal we were too tired to turn the game around. Our team was less well organized due too the injuries and substitutions. One player needed 17 stitches to close a wound around his eye. Their tactic was to play the long ball and this proved too much for our defenders. We eventually came up short in physical strength and condition. With few attacking options this is a loss I can find peace with.”
Tomorrow you have to play South Ossetia for third place, are the players motivated enough for this game?
“We shall see, it’s up to the players really. We skipped this morning’s training too find some relief at a pool nearby Östersund. The players can cool their legs in the water and get their mind of last game. As the head coach, I’m more than satisfied with the results of this team. We had little team to prepare and most of the players never saw one another before this tournament. We are in the final four and beat other much bigger nations. I am proud of what we have shown here.”
The bronze medal game will kick-off at 10.00 am CET Sunday 8, at 13.00 Countea de Nissa and Ellan Vannin will meet in the final. See for more information, schedule and live stream http://worldfootballcup.org/