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Sami In Charge Of Labasa

Former national rep Anand Sami is now the head coach of Labasa football team. Sami, 66, arrived in Labasa yesterday and was very happy once again to help the Babasiga
21 Jan 2019 11:05
Sami In Charge Of Labasa
From left: Labasa football legends Anand Sami and Hussein Sahib. Sami is helping prepare Labasa for the Fiji FACT tournament. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Former national rep Anand Sami is now the head coach of Labasa football team.

Sami, 66, arrived in Labasa yesterday and was very happy once again to help the Babasiga Lions.

“I began my football career when I was 16-years-old and then from 1972, on and off, I coached Labasa team until I migrated to Australia,” Sami said.

“My plan this time is to put more input to the team and make sure not to repeat last year’s drawback.

“I have to make sure we have good players on the field and on the bench.”

He will start coaching the team from today and their first match in the Vodafone Premier League will be against Ba at Subrail Park at 1pm on Saturday.

He said he would work with players available after the transfer window closes.

Suva players Ravinesh Karan Singh, Antonio Tuivuna and Napolioni Qasevakatini will team up with the Babasiga Lions while Ratu Anare and Christopher Wasasala will join the capital side.

“These are experienced players and have played their positions so I am sure they have good football behaviour and can combine with other players,” he said.

“I will prepare the team the way I want to.

I would like to thank Labasa Football Association president Riyaz Khan, officials and members for having confidence in me.”

Labasa team manager Nilesh Lal said their major focus and objective was to qualify for O-League.

“Labasa being one of the competitive teams have not competed in the O-League,” Lal said.

“This is why we have a new setup from the beginning of the year so that we can achieve our objective.”

Labasa Football Association secretary Varun Anand yesterday confirmed the appointment Sami via telephone from New Zealand.

“Head coach and technical advisor will be Anand Sami, assistant coach for senior team is Johan Leewai, U19 coach is Sanjesh Chand, U16 coach is Ravneel Pratap and women’s coach is Arthur Simmons,” Anand said.

“We are thankful to all of them for their contribution and wish them all the best this year.”

-Edited by Osea Bola

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