24.02.16 Futsal Coach Kenneth Fiteni gets in the limelight.
Jeffrick Cachia speaks to the recently appointed Futsal Squad Coach, Kenneth Fiteni, about the performance of the Squad so far in the Gatorade Futsal League and Knockout Competition.
Hi Kenneth, what are your views on the way this squad is performing in the League?
The team has been improving as from the first league game. We are fine tuning some tactical details whilst introducing new concepts on which we can work more for next season. Having started the season with the aim to try to get promoted to the elite group with the best teams in Malta and managed to do so 2 games before the end the first round shows that our performances have been outstanding with the resources we have. I am happy with the way how my players are reacting to training sessions and instructions during games. The atmosphere in the dressing room is a very positive one, keeping us all united.
Why do you think Swieqi deserve to be part of the top 6 elite squads who will compete in the championship round?
Hard work and dedication pays off. Thanks to former Coach Laszlo who has been pushing all the team to improve both physically and tactically, we have been working to achieve our objective since last June! During the season we have shown our intentions of playing a good level of Futsal and some performances are a prove to this. Determination to improve and learn more, together with sacrifices during trainings and games are our main ingredients.
What influence did the introduction of Bobo have on the Squad?
Well I think that every team needs an experienced international player in their squad in order to give that something more to the team. Keeping in mind that the average age of our squad is quite low the introduction of a player like Boicho was needed more. He is passing on his experience learnt from some of the best Futsal coaches in Europe to all the team, players and coaching staff.
What shall be the main priorities now that swieqi will play some though games ahead?
The priority is only one - get as much experience from these type of games as possible! We need to get used to tough games both mentally and tactically if we want to improve. The team's objective was reached, and for now going in top 4 for playoffs remains a dream. A dream which we will be fighting for every game. We will try to give all other teams a hard time, we proved we can do this in the second half against Maltese champions Luxol (we lost that half only for 1-0) and in the first half against Hamrun which ended 2-2.