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Allen, Iniga Unite To Boost Marist FC

Allen, Iniga Unite To Boost Marist FC
Veteran Abraham Iniga celebrates scoring at the age of 38.Photo : OFC Media
April 28
11:00 2018

Wily coach unveils veteran midfielder as his secret weapon against Blues

Marist FC head coach Jerry Allen is adamant that they are going to achieve something big in tomor­row’s second leg of the OFC Champions League’s semifinal clash against Lautoka at the Lawson Tama Sta­dium in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

“The plan now is to work on some things and prepare once more– we have a big chance to do something great at home,” he said.

And one of Allen’s secret weapons is 38-year-old Abraham Iniga, who has reunited with him at Marist FC.

The veteran is now defying critics. From his opening goal against three-time runners-up Team Wellington to the quar­terfinal opener against Nalkutan.

“It’s a good feeling,” Iniga said as he’s being capable of per­forming at elite level.

“It’s good to be working with Jerry again. He’s supportive, he seems to open up to the players and his tactical side is good.”

Iniga said it is an equally good feeling to be back with Marist and helping them to achieve new and exciting things.

“I think this team is good. The team spirit, the unity of the team and the boys are all focused,” he said.

“When we go out on the field we do the task the coach asked us to do and it’s good. For me I think the togetherness of the team, the spirit in the camp, is what has really helped us dur­ing this campaign.

“The boys are so focused; the mentality of winning is strong in the boys. I entered this club in 1994,

“I’m the oldest one in the team and I feel that now this team is a better team, with the young boys they’re loyal to the club they’re honest. When you’re honest in what you do, that’s im­portant for success.”

Iniga said making it to the semi-finals for the first time with a club he has been associated with for almost 14 years is spe­cial.

“I feel above cloud nine,” he stated.

“I was so happy, so excited, when we scored the first goal in the quarter final. When the final whistle blew I just felt emo­tional – like we’re going to the semi-final – it was a good feel­ing. Now, I need to go out and score more goals. I will keep on believing that we can win the game, we can win any game.”

Meanwhile, Lautoka FC coach Kamal Swamy said that de­spite their 1-1 draw in the first leg they are still capable of causing an upset win on Sunday. The Beniamino Matein­aqara captained-side cannot afford a scoreless draw if they are to progress to the final.

– Edited: Osea Bola

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