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Young Bloods For The Capital Side

Premier Distributor’s Suva head coach Nathan Shivam is banking on young players to deliver when they face Nadi in the Vodafone Fiji FACT semifinals at Ratu Cakobau Park on Saturday.
15 Jun 2017 15:27
Young Bloods For The Capital Side
Suva Football team training at the Fiji FA grounds on June 13, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Premier Distributor’s Suva head coach Nathan Shivam is banking on young players to deliver when they face Nadi in the Vodafone Fiji FACT semifinals at Ratu Cakobau Park on Saturday.

Following their good outing during the pool games, Shivam said he expects his young players to maintain that same standard come Saturday.

“We have a really young side who have performed well during the pool games and I am expecting the same from them this weekend,” Shivam said.

“Consistency is key when it comes to knockouts and we need to maintain that, we have had ample time to prepare for the semis and that should show.

“We have young players like Sairusi Nalaubu, Ivan Kumar and Kelvin Naidu plus a few others have been doing really well and I need them to perform well again.

“The boys are excited and the morale in camp is high, I think they are all looking forward to getting the game out of the way.

“Since the pool games we have had more time to prepare for the semifinals and that is something we really have taken advantage of it.”

Playing against Nadi will not be an easy feat and the support of fans is vital.

“Nadi has always been a tough team and they are a very physical side who has made life difficult for most of the t=eams,” he said.

“We know they will be really prepared coming into the semifinals and will be expecting a win.

“We know it will be a difficult game but I know the boys will be well prepared and will give their best in the game.

“The backing of the fans is also important because supporting these young players will give them confidence to perform.”

Meanwhile, Setareki Hughes is still not ruled out of the tournament as he will undergo another review today.

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