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Ba Ready, Says Lal

Ba Ready, Says Lal
Ba training ahead of the 2015 Fiji Airways OFC Champions League, which starts today. Photo: Shane Wenzlick
April 11
08:18 2015

Ba might be one of the favourites in Group A, but coach Shalen Lal is keeping his feet firmly on the ground ahead of their opening match of the 2015 Fiji Airways OFC Champions League  at Govind Park today.

Beaten semi-inalists in 2014, the ‘Men In Black’ are looking to go one better this season and qualify for their first Champions League final since 2007.

Home advantage – for the group stage at least – might provide the edge Ba needs to squeeze past the likes of FC Gaitcha, AS Pirae and Lupe Ole Soaga, who they will meet in the round robin.

The team has been able to base itself at the Fiji Football Association’s academy in Ba in the lead-up to the tournament and trains with the Govind Park stands as a backdrop.

Lal says hosting the group stage has helped his side to ready itself for the challenge ahead.

“The preparation is going well,” he said. “The team has been in camp for the past two and a half weeks and with the help of the Fiji FA we can be at the academy. The players are gelling well with the combinations and the structure and the shape of the team.”

Ba plays newcomers Gaitcha of New Caledonia in the second of two Group A matches  and will carry the favourites tag with them into the opener. But Lal knows better than to think any further ahead than his team’s first game.

“It’s always the case that the first game is the toughest one,” he said. “We are going into this game giving it our best. I don’t predict results beforehand, but Ba will be giving it their best for the first game.”

Ba’s first game against Gaitcha kicks off at 7pm on Saturday.



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