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Blues Enjoying Good Times: Kadar

Blues Enjoying Good Times: Kadar
2018 Courts IDC Premier Division winner Lautoka side after defeating Suva 1-0 in the final on October 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
October 12
10:30 2018

Businesses and sponsors are expected to beef up the prize-money won by Da Fan Fresh Choice Lautoka in the 2018 Courts Inter-District Championship and the Vodafone Premier League to be shared among the players.

To add to the good news to the celebrations, if everything goes well Lautoka could host O- League matches here.

This was after Lautoka FA presi­dent Abdul Kadar confirmed they have already submitted their pro­posal to the Oceania Football Con­federation to host the matches.

The sugar city side was in party mood yesterday and official cel­ebrations would be known after the meeting of Lautoka Football Asso­ciation today.

The side defeated Lincoln Refrig­eration Suva 1-0 in the final at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday and re­ceived $22,000.

For Kadar said the win has come at a time when the side was going through one of its best phases in history of Lautoka football.

“We feel very proud and after Lau­toka and Suva played the IDC finals after 53 years. This was history,”he

said.

“It is not just a win but how we prepared our team, how we look after our team, how we look after the welfare of the players, how we manage them is the victory. Victory comes like that it just doesn’t come like that overnight.

“When we joined Lautoka four years ago, we didn’t get victory for the two ensuing years and then af­ter two years we started to get the win.

“So this is how it is operated – we had our vision, our thoughts and how will we win.

“And by winning this tournament you have got to have responses, you have got to have people and I am very much proud of my executive members, ground officials, man­agers who were given tasks to do things.

“So the win comes like that, it’s not like we put the boys in camp and we leave them alone, it’s not like that.

“If you want to win you need to work on your strategies and plans, that’s what we do.”

Kadar said Lautoka did not buy players.

“Lautoka has got players from other districts as well and Lautoka doesn’t approach players to come and join us, they come to us.”

Kadar said the administration of the team, as in any district, was im­portant.

“We in Lautoka set a standard on the professional running of the as­sociation where the welfare of the players is paramount,”he said.

“It is simple – you look after your players they will play well for you.

“It even goes further where we look after the welfare of the fam­ily and that is why we have a lot of players’ wives and partners follow­ing us around during our league and tournament matches.”

Lautoka FA is also expected to name a new sponsor who will come on board as they prepare for the O-League.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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