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Coach Wary Of Underdogs

The Labasa women’s football side are anticipating a tough battle against underdogs Tai­levu/Naitasiri in today’s Vodafone Women Inter-district Champion­ship semi-final at Fiji FA Academy ground in Suva. Labasa head coach
02 Feb 2019 10:15
Coach Wary Of Underdogs
Vodafone Fijian women’s football midfielder Sofi Diyalowai (left) to play for Labasa in today’s Women’s IDC semi-final in Suva. Photo : OFC Media

The Labasa women’s football side are anticipating a tough battle against underdogs Tai­levu/Naitasiri in today’s Vodafone Women Inter-district Champion­ship semi-final at Fiji FA Academy ground in Suva.

Labasa head coach Arthur Sim­mons said after an impressive per­formance during the pool games he’s confident they would qualify for tomorrow’s final.

“Everything is on the hard work put in by the girls during training and the new players have gelled in well,” he said.

“Our preparation has been only for one and a half week because of ad­verse weather conditions.

“I’m thankful to the girls that they have been putting up a good per­formance until now and getting all three wins which is something we really didn’t expect.”

Simmons said he already has a game plan on how to handle Taile­vu/Naitasiri.

Looking at the other semi-final, Simmons said Suva can cause an up­set against defending champions Ba.

MATAELE WORKS ON DEFENCE

The Tailevu/Naitasiri women’s football side have strengthened their defence for today’s Vodafone Wom­en’s IDC semi-final clash against Labasa.

Coach/player Laisani Mataele told SUNsports yesterday that they have survived their pool games and are taking on the next challenge.

“It has been tough and very chal­lenging as well,” she said.

“The girls were a nervous but when they played their first game against Nadi, they felt confident and started scoring goals.

“This is despite the fact that we missed many attempts.

“The players played according to the game plan that was set out for them.”

Mataele said she has reminded the players the need to work on their mistakes and be aware of what is ex­pected of them.

“My advice to the players in or­der to achieve success they need to maintain team-work, communica­tion, discipline and to play their own game.”

WHAT’S ON TODAY

The first semi-final is a cracker be­tween favourites Ba taking on hosts Suva at 11am while the Labasa ver­sus Tailevu/Naitasiri clash is at 1.30pm.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj



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