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Simmons Coaches Dreketi

  Former Labasa women’s football mentor Arthur Simmons is the new coach of the Dreketi team. Team manager Roneel Ram said having Simmons was a big boost for the fledgling
12 Feb 2016 11:34
Simmons Coaches Dreketi
Dreketi team players with coach Arthur Simmons (left) preparing for their first game against Labasa for the Vodafone Premier League this Saturday at Subrail Park. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

 

Former Labasa women’s football mentor Arthur Simmons is the new coach of the Dreketi team.

Team manager Roneel Ram said having Simmons was a big boost for the fledgling side.

“He is not new to the players as he once coached Labasa in 2013 and during that time I was the manager,” Ram said.

“His exceptional achievement has been recognised over the years while coaching the Labasa women football team and I believe he can take our Dreketi team to greater heights.”

 

First time participant

“This is the first time they will be competing in the Premier League and our aim is survival.

“When it comes to playing with the big giants it is all about our survival.

We’re looking forward to our first game against Labasa this Saturday and we are working according to the plan devised by the coach.”

 

Challenges

Ram said the major challenge faced by the team was the financial factor.

“Transportation has been a major hurdle as players travel from Dreketi to Labasa for training,” Ram said.

“We are very thankful to the officials who have gone out of their ways to accommodate players.

I know people would have high expectation from our team this year as they have performed exceptionally well last year.

However, many forget the struggle and difficulties these players go through.”

“I would like to request all the fans to come out in big numbers and support our players because I know these players have sacrificed a lot.”

Dreketi plays Labasa at 1.30pm at Subrail Park in Labasa tomorrow.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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