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Newly Appointed Suva Coach Works On ‘Attitude’

"Kumar said Suva have always be­ing tagged as the favourites regard­less of what tournament they play in."
02 May 2019 11:28
Newly Appointed Suva Coach Works On ‘Attitude’
Suva football coach Saroj Kumar (sitting- left) with players at their camp in Tavua on April 30, 2019. Photo: Rohit Kumar

The Suva football team have been training in Tavua to prepare for the Vodafone Fiji FACT which gets underway on Fri­day at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Newly appointed coach Saroj Ku­mar said coaching Suva is a big challenge for him.

“I’ve to come out of my comfort zone, as I’m used to coaching West­ern teams,” he said.

“I’ve been coaching Tavua and now I’m with Suva and it is a big chal­lenge for me.”

Kumar said Suva have always be­ing tagged as the favourites regard­less of what tournament they play in.

“I’ve seen that most players come as far as from New Zealand and Sol­omon Islands.

“When it comes to the local play­ers they have big names like nation­al football captain Laisenia Raura, former Rewa striker Iosefo Verevou long with a couple of talented play­ers like Anare Apenisa, Christopher Wasalala and Vilitati Kautoga.

“We have players all from different parts of Fiji in the squad.”

Kumar said the team’s perfor­mance during the Vodafone Premier League has been disappointing.

“We lost around three to four games. The reason has been the unavailability of ground for train­ing and players have to travel quite a distance to be at the ground.”

He said there needs to be a change in attitude among the players.

“Some of the players have already been tagged as a star but when a star comes to training they want to push their way around.

“I’ve simply told them if they are a star than they need to show it on the field of play.

“As their coach, I have to get them to think right, make them think clear and to think straight.

“Once I get their attitude and thinking right then we will focus as a team.”

Kumar said if the players listen to what he is saying they should achieve the goals they have set.

“We will take each game as they come.

“I know about Tavua they are al­ways giving other teams are tough time.

“It is one team that can surprise anybody as the players have been to­gether for the past four years.”

He said Labasa and Lautoka have some good players and coaches so they should be a threat to them.

SUVA SQUAD

Ivan Kumar, Tomasi Ululoa, Faizal Ali, Nickel Chand, Vilitati Kautoga, Iosefa Verevou, Gagame Feni, Epeli Leiroti, Michael Boso, Laisenia Raura, Filipe Baravilala, Madhwan Goundar, Simione Tamanisau, Wai­sake Navunigasau, Meli Codro, Kali Tivulu, Keivin Naidu, Philip Leong, Christopher Wasalala, Anare Ap­enisa, Emori Ragata.

Edited by Anasilini Natoga

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