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Nausori Town Council To Host 26TH Fiji Fact

He scored the winning goal the last time Suva hoisted the Fiji FACT trophy in 2012 and five years later Shivam Nathan returns to guide the Whites as their coach
11 May 2017 11:00
Nausori Town Council To Host 26TH Fiji Fact

He scored the winning goal the last time Suva hoisted the Fiji FACT trophy in 2012 and five years later Shivam Nathan returns to guide the Whites as their coach in this year’s edition of the tournament at RatuCakobau Park.

The Vodafone Fiji FACT will be historic for the  Navua native as not only is he making his tournament debut as a coach, the 32-year-old  former school teacher  is also becomes the youngest coach in country to embrace the tournament.

Nathan said he feels very privileged and honoured to guide Suva and his personal aim to see the team qualify for the semifinals.

I want to thank the Suva FA management for giving me the opportunity to coach and guide the team. Also I wish to request the fans to come out in numbers and support our new and young talented team of players. “Together we are Stronger”.

Recalling the 2012 FACT final where he intercepted a ball from Alvin Singh and slammed in the winner from a volley past Ba goalie JoneRalulu, he said that goal and that final with Suva will always hold a special place in his heart as it was his first title win.

“Preparing for Fiji FACT 2017 reminds me of 2012 and what a year it was for Suva FA and we hope that we do something similar this year around,” he quipped.

“Being a player and a coach is totally different, there is a huge task and expectation to deliver result as the whole team relies on the Coach and the management.”

“Despite, the pressure to deliver, I take the tasks as a challenge and hope that things fall in our favour as we progress for the tournament.”

He says players are responding very well during training and their preparations have been going good.

“The preparations are going on well and with super 8 eights, all teams are equally competitive and we know it will be not be easy for us to qualify.”

“Looking at Rewa and Lautoka they have got experienced national players but I feel our boys will fight to the end to win the battle. Rakiraki has also got the confidence upon drawing the last league game against Lautoka and I expect them to be a changed side.”

Suva FA President RiteshPratap said they have a lot of confidence in Nathan as he is a very hardworking and dedicated person.

“Shivam is giving his best for Suva this year. He has got us some good results in the National League and we have all the faith and confidence in him.”

“The players show a lot of respect to him, even our most senior player Pita Rabo who is older than Shivam, gives him a lot of respect and assists him during training sessions.”

“Our executives are happy with how things are shaping for us and we hope to give our best in the Fiji FACT and win the tournament this year after losing the final last year at the same venue,” said MrPratap.

Before joining the Whites camp as its Coach this year, Nathan represented his home district Navua for two seasons.

He made his debut in the then super premier division for Nasinu in the early 2000s and also represented the Fiji Futsal team in the Oceania Futsal Championship and World Cup qualifiers.

Premier Distributors sponsored Suva will open its campaign against newcomers Rakiraki at 1pm on Friday.

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