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No Show Concerns Rewa Coach

September 12
13:05 2014

Players are not turning up for training as Rewa prepare for their second last game against All Freight Logistics Suva in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League tonight.

Rewa coach Marika Rodu said though the players have valid reasons for not showing up, he would not be fielding a strong team as he did during the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants.

“Preparations have not been going as we hve expected because there is a lot of absentism during training,” Rodu said.

“Some are facing niggling injuries and others are tied up with other commitments.

“So because of the lack of attendance at training, I don’t think we will be having a full squad on game day and as a coach I don’t want that to happen, but we cannot force people to attend training.”

Team captain Simione Tamanisau may not be featured in the remaining two games for Rewa as his work will keep him busy but Rodu said they will try their best to get him.

“With elections coming close Simione (Tamanisau) will be busy with work but we will try our best to get him to play tomorrow (today),” Rodu said.

Simione Maikali and Shelveen Prasad have been ruled out of the team while Epeli Saukuru and Misaele Draunibaka’s position in the team will depend on whether they show up for training,

“Some players will be playing and some won’t but we have a lot of players to field from the bench, those who sat out during the B.O.G will have a chance to prove themselves,” said Rodu.

One factor that will be affecting Rewa will be fitness as they fight to improve their standings on the table where they are currently fourth with 18 points.

“Our main concern is fitness because the boys are just coming back from a break unfit but we have been working on that during training,” Rodu said. “It’s going to be a tough and we know Suva want to win to retain their place in first position to qualify for the O-League.”

Meanwhile, All Freight Logistics Suva coach Gurjit Singh said they are still keeping their hopes high for qualifying for the Oceania Football League.

“Our game against Rewa is a very important game, for us and for them as well, we want to win and qualify for the O-League and we are just a few games away from doing that.” Singh said.

Nikhil Chand, Antonio Tuivuna and Jale Dreloa will arrive today from their U20 training in Ba while Kolonio Sevuki has not been attending training.

“Kolonio (Sevuki) has not been attending training but we are trying our best to get him to play because this is a tough game as Rewa has won the B.O.G and beaten us in the semifinals.”

Rewa will host All Freight Logistics Suva tonight at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori 7pm.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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