The National Under-20 Coach, Dejan Gluscevic, has called on the Government and Vanuatu Football Federation to maintain the generation of young players because they are special.
The Serbian Coach of Vanuatu’s U20 team made the call during a hero’s welcome for the team by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai, and members of the public following the team’s touch down in Port Vila after competing in the Under-20 World Cup in Korea.
“What we went for, this is what we came back with.
“As a teacher, i am happy that my students passed their exams.
“The media around the world keeps on talking about the 250,000 population of Vanuatu, but in football only 11 people play.
“I am happy that Vanuatu scored points because we scored more points in the pool stage (at the World Cup) than Mexico and Germany,” Mr Gluscevic said.
Meanwhile, the Vanuatu Football Federation President, Lambert Maltock, told around 3,000 football fans that turned up to welcome the U20 team at Independence Park, that he was sitting in the grandstand during the match between Mexico and Vanuatu, when Mexico was leading with two goals.
“When Bong and Ronaldo scored, i saw the (German) coach and management team’s heart sank until the final minute when they scored, they (Germany) celebrated as if they had won a grand final,” an emotional Mr Maltock told the crowd.
The VFF President reminded local fans about how Vanuatu’s level of football has earned the respect of football powerhouses.
The U20 squad touched down at Bauerfield International Airport yesterday around 3pm after a ‘fruitful’ FIFA World Cup campaign in South Korea.
The full team received a VIP welcome in the VIP Lounge at the airport by the Prime Minister and his ministers before setting off on a parade through Lini Highway, Freshwota, Seaside, Nambatu and Nambatri then going to the celebration venue at Independence Park.
Through the coordination led by Minister of Public Utilities, Jotham Napat, a set up and program was drawn up yesterday for the welcome at Independence Park.
Brada Cloud welcomed the team as they entered the Independence Park field with his song, ‘Vanuatu Smile’ before the Monument Singers lifted the spirits of everyone present with a medley rendition of Timothy’s ‘Vanuatu’, and Vanessa Quai’s ‘Beautiful Lovely Islands’.
Vanuatu played three matches in the pool stage where it lost all matches but their games against Mexico and Germany where they scored two points in both matches, caught the hearts of everyone in Vanuatu.
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