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Pratap: Swamy Yet To Respond

The Suva Football Association is yet to finalise their coach’s position, as team officials wait for a response from Kamal Swamy whose contract expires this month.
05 Jan 2020 13:42
Pratap: Swamy Yet To Respond
Suva Football team. Photo: Fiji FA Media

The Suva Football Association is yet to finalise their coach’s position, as team officials wait for a response from Kamal Swamy whose contract expires this month.

The Capital City Side has made reaching the OFC Champions League a priority this season.

President Ritesh Pratap says they are keeping their options open and have also been in touch with former Nadi coach Babz Khan should Swamy decline to continue.

Swamy has also applied for the Ba coaching job, which was advertised late last year.

It is understood, however, that the former Lautoka coach was not considered, with incumbent Ronil Kumar set to continue in the role.

Pratap confirmed that Swamy intends to stay on with Suva on a part-time basis, becoming available full-time during tournaments only.

However, he stressed the need for the team to have a coach based full-time in Suva.

“The team needs to build their combination which will be hard with the coach travelling back and forth,” Pratap said.

“We need a full-time coach that is with us in Suva and for him at the moment he comes and trains for two days.”

Despite failing to win a single tournament and missing out on OFC Champions League places last season, Pratap said the team has performed exceptionally well.

Suva was widely seen as a team with enough talent to challenge for trophies and the coveted O-League places.

However, they have not won a single trophy in the last two years despite playing in four out of six finals.

“The only problem that we are facing at the moment is the scoring other than that we have the talent and the best sets of players,” Pratap said.

In the transfer window, Pratap said Suva had no plans of negotiating with any players and none were leaving.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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