Football

Swamy: Mission To Keep Spot

Swamy had to make changes when he arrived in Sigatoka knowing that they need to keep their spot in the DPL.
26 Oct 2021 15:21
Swamy: Mission To Keep Spot
Nadroga defender and captain Tomasi Tuicakau shields the ball away from Navua striker Zainal Ali during their Digicel Premier League clash at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, on October 24, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord.

New Nadroga football head coach Kamal Swamy has started his Digicel Premier League campaign on a winning note.

He guided the Stallions in their 2-1 win over Navua at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, on Sunday.

The former Ba coach changed Nadroga’s approach as they try to move away from the promotion/ relegation situation.

“It’s always good to get a win on my first assignment as coach,” Swamy said.

“This is the starting of something big for a well- balance team like Nadroga. We’ve a mixture of young and experienced players, which is good in terms of moving football forward.

“The biggest challenge is to remain consistent for the rest of the season.”

Swamy had to make changes when he arrived in Sigatoka knowing that they need to keep their spot in the DPL.

“Changing the attitude and discipline of players were vital for our mission at hand.

“The district has developed some very good footballers and it’s a blessing to be coaching more of them this season.

“Osea Vakatalesau and Rusiate Matirerega are the experienced ones in the squad.”

What happened: Navua started with a 5-4-2 formation while the visitors Nadroga had a 4-4-3 formation.

Nadroga had two scoring chances but both attempts missed.

Halftime: Navua 0-0 Nadroga

Nadroga sent in veteran striker Vakatalesau who started their attacking moves.

It was in the 64th minute Vakatalesau set-up Matirerega who scored to give them a 1-0 lead.

Lesari Qalica made no mistake from a Vakatalesau header to extend the lead 2-0 in the dying stages of the game.

Navua pulled a goal back through Zainal Ali.

Star turn: When Vakatalesau came in he took control of the game which resulted in two quick goals.

 

Line-up

Navua: Jayshneel Sivan, Zainal Ali, Thomas Dunn, Mohit Chand, Arami Manumanubai, Vineet Chand (captain), Isake Naduvu, Mosese Balenagaga, Vinal Chand, Alfred Ali, Matthew Charitar.

Nadroga: Sikeli Seva (Jnr), Setareki Vola, Ato Yankson, Rusiate Matererega, Rahul Naresh, Mitieli Nivori, Tomasi Tuicakau (captain), Leisari Qalica, Amani Makoi, Joeli Navalawa.

Referee: Neeshil Varman

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