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Navua Play Catch Up Football

Navua Play Catch Up Football
Lami at the Fiji FA ground in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.
April 25
15:00 2016

Navua held Lami to a 2-2 draw in the first round of the Vodafone Senior League at Fiji Football Association headquarters in Vatuwaqa yesterday.

Lami led 1-0 at halftime with a goal from Rusiate Nabouta before Netani Doli scored the equaliser in the 48th minute, 1-1.

Lami struck back with a goal from Rajinesh Raj to take the lead 2-1 but it was Vineet Chand who came through for Navua scoring the equaliser in added time.

Navua team manager Shalvin Nath said although it was a good game it has been hard for them to train and prepare for the competition due to poor weather conditions and also not having a ground to train on.

“It was a good game and we are happy with the result in the first round but I think the boys could have done better,” Nath said.

“The team have been having problems during training because of the weather conditions. It has prevented them from turning up and that has taken its toll on the team.

“We also do not have a proper ground to train on, currently one person is running the Navua team and if we want a ground to train on, we need to pay $25 an hour and that is a lot for one person to pay, so we make do with what we have.

“I know that the competition will only get tougher from now on and we must correct our mistakes and try a little harder in our next game to make sure we pull a win.”

Lami football captain Ashish Chand said they still have a lot of work do and they cannot afford to lose concentration in the game.

“I think the boys played well but it was our lack of concentration that got to us. If we expect to win we need to play the full 90 minutes and be focussed for the duration of the game,” Chand said.

“But we will go back and try to work on our fitness level as well as our game plan and come back better in the second round.”

Justine Mannan

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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