The Vodafone National Football goalkeeper coach Xavier Henneuse has extended his contract with Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) until December this year.

Henneuse said he was happy to work with Fiji FA in getting the goalkeepers trained in a professional way.

He admitted he had a big task ahead.

“First of all, it’s a big task to identify goalkeepers and develop them from a grass-root level,” Henneuse said.

“Also to form goalkeeper coaches in all districts and it is not easy.

“I have a lot of work to do and I have already planned as to how I would be working as far as the goalkeepers are concerned,” he said.

Henneuse has brought 14 years of experience along with him after working along with Ligue 2 and third tier clubs in France.

Head coach Christophe Gamel was happy with his signing.

He said Xavier has a triple mission.

“It’s a very good news for me also as I have lost a lot of matches not only because of mistakes from the goalkeepers, but they don’t make difference in a positive way.

“Firstly to work with the national teams, identify goalkeeper coaches in the different districts and thirdly to nurture seeds (young goalkeepers) for future,” Gamel said.

Henneuse started his career as a goalkeeper coach with the France-based Valenciennes FC after he retired as a player of the same club in 2004.

He then joined Reims, a Ligue 2 club in France before joining US Boulogne a third tier team.

He has also worked with Madagascar Football Club.

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