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Goalkeeper Shaneel Naidu trains with the Propeller Shaft Service Labasa football team as they prepare to defend the IDC title this week. Photo: Shratika Singh
October 10
12:43 2017

Who is going to win this year’s Courts Interdistrict Championship? That’s the question every football fan in the country is pondering on while others are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping and praying that things go their way. So, let’s take a look at how all teams are shaping up as the first round of pool matches get underway at Churchill Park, Lautoka today.

LAUTOKA

The Blues are favourites to win this year’s IDC after an unbeaten run in the Vodafone Premier League. Playing on their home turf and in front of their fans will surely lift them to another level. On the other hand whether their new players will adapt to their style of play is something that is yet to be seen and individual play could lead to their downfall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Reliable defender Kolinio Sivoki and lanky Siotame Kubu on his goal scoring instincts.

REWA

The Delta Tigers have already got the Fiji FACT and B.O.G titles in the bag as they were somewhat fortunate to host the playoffs of both tournaments. Surely, they’re a threat to Lautoka but are going to be tested as they are playing away from home.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: The deadly combination of Iosefo Verevou, Epeli Saukuru, Samuela Kautoga and Gabrieli Matanisiga

 NADI

The Jetsetter are determined to end their 15-year jinx by trying to hoist the IDC title on Sunday. Already, they’ve got sound financial backing and this should motivate the players to rise to the occasion.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Goalkeeper Vereti Dickson along with William Valentine and Rusiate Matererega

Design Engineering Lautoka striker Majik Mqagot Piok during training at Lautoka Central College ground on October 9, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Design Engineering Lautoka striker Majik Mqagot Piok during training at Lautoka Central College ground on October 9, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

BA

The country’s football giants have opted to keep the core of their squad. Despite losing striker Saula Waqa in the pool matches due to suspension, they still got the services of top strikers Abbu Saheed and Samuela Nabenia.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Saheed of course who is a match winner and also we should keep a tab on young defender Kishan Sami who has a bright future ahead of him.

SUVA

The Whites are confident of turning things around and are keeping a low profile. They’ve got seasoned campaigners like Waisake Navunigasau, Shahil Dave, Filipe Baravilala, Setareki Hughes and so on.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Keep an eye on veteran midfielder Pita Rabo who could very well be their match winner along with striker Ravinesh Karan Singh.

LABASA

Like Suva, the defending IDC champions are keeping a low profile. The Babasiga Lions under Coach Iosefo Vosaboto have been working on strengthening their defence, which saw the recruitment on Thomas Steiner.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Midfielder Edwin Sahayam along with Lekima Gonerau, Tuivuna and Ratu Anare.

DREKETI

The Johan Leewai coached- side are capable of creating upsets and should not be underestimated.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Keep an eye on defender Akeimi Ralulu

TAVUA

Back with the big boys after 4 years in the senior division, the gold miners are an unknown package. With coach, Saroj Kumar and technical assistant Anand Sami, they’re definitely are going to cause a few anxious moments  but should not be a threat to the top guns especially when they’re going to play for 90 minutes after a long time.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Lario Musa

Edited by Grace Narayan

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