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Nadi Wants B.O.G Title The Shop N Save Nadi Side Is Working Hard To Win The 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle Of The Giants Tournament

But the side has to beat their pool opponents Rewa, Labasa and defending champions Ba to clinch the title. Nadi team manager Kamlesh Sami says it will not be easy
21 Aug 2014 11:07
Nadi Wants B.O.G Title The Shop N Save Nadi Side Is Working Hard To Win The 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle Of The Giants Tournament

But the side has to beat their pool opponents Rewa, Labasa and defending champions Ba to clinch the title.

Nadi team manager Kamlesh Sami says it will not be easy after they were pooled with tough teams.

“It will be a tough tournament as we are pooled alongside Ba, Rewa and Labasa and they are all hungry for wins,’’ Sami said.

“We have to win all our pool matches so we can qualify from our pool and win the title for the people of Nadi.”

He said the team officials and the coach had been working tirelessly for the tourney.

Nadi last won the B.O.G title in 1996 by defeating Tavua 3-1 in Ba and is hoping to end the 17-year jinx at the same venue.

But the side faces a major blow to its striking force after star striker Jone Salauneune was ruled out from the final 22-member squad.

Salauneune is yet to recover from his knee injury which he copped during the Vodafone Fiji FACT earlier this year.

“We will miss the services of Salauneune but on the other hand we have introduced three U20 players, Shaneel Naidu, Avnil Kumar and Shanal Ritesh Chand who have shown their commitment to the side.

And apart from the introduction of these players, lanky defender Krishna Samy has made a comeback to feature for his side after an injury.

Nadi plays 4R Electrical Ba tomorrow at Govind Park at 7.30pm .

The second round will be held on August 30-31 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The winner gets $11,000, losing finalist $4000 and the third spot winner receives $1500.

Nadi squad: Vereti Dickson, Arvin Pratap, Semesa Muadonu, Shafim Buksh, Rusiate Matarerega, Ratu Inia Bainivalu, William Valentine, Avnil Kumar, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Shanal Ritesh Chand, Iimotama Jese, Ame Votoniu, Lekima Gonerau, Samuela Drudru, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Amani Makoe, Jolame Vukivuki, Eliki Ravosai, Krishna Samy, Mataiasi Toma, Shaneel Naidu, Beniamino Matainaqera.

sheik.dean@fijisun.com.fj



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