Football

Tough FACT For Labasa: Lal

Defending IDC champion Labasa and B,O.G winners Rewa are in Pool A with Ba and Nasinu while defending FACT champions Nadi heads Pool B with Suva, Lautoka and Navua.
08 Nov 2020 10:17
Tough FACT For Labasa: Lal
The 2020 Vodafone Fiji Fact pool draws was held at the Vodafone Shop in Damodar City Suva on October 6,2020.Photo: Simione Haravanua

It’s a tough pool but we will be prepared, says Labasa head coach Ronil Lal.

He made a comment during the Vodafone Fiji FACT pool draw in Suva yesterday.

Defending IDC champion Labasa and B,O.G winners Rewa are in Pool A with Ba and Nasinu while defending FACT champions Nadi heads Pool B with Suva, Lautoka and Navua.

“It’s tough because we have three very good teams in our pool.

“We will use our remaining Vodafone Premier League game against Ba today to test our depth.

“Our aim is to build from where we left off after the IDC so we will go for consistency.

“We’ve home ground advantage but that does not mean the boys will have to relax. It is not easy to host a tournament and the team knows that.

“We should take our chances and top our pool to qualify for the semis.

“It’s normal that all teams will want to topple us at home so I have been reminding the boys not to pressure themselves and stay focused on the task.”

Rewa coach Marika Rodu knows his team is drawn into a tough pool.

“It’s a tough pool to.It doesn’t mean we cannot come out top of the table but if we arrive with a fresh mind, fresh mentality and make use of all opportunities that come, we might be able to score. But that’s football we win some we lose some  so for us, we need to secure the first place position in our pool because its a pool of death.”

Meanwhile Suva Football president Ritesh Pratap said the team would have to improve.

“Lautoka reached the final of the Courts IDC so we are taking every team seriously,” he said.

“ We have leanrned from our IDC experience and the boys know that we need to lift our game come the Fiji Fact.”

“ First things first for us as we try and win the VPL and at the same time test out our young players and squad members.”

“ The Vodafone Fiji Fact will be in Labasa and it will be a tough one for us because we have three big teams that are capable of creating upsets.”

“Its all about taking chances for us, it was something we lacked during the IDC hopefully we will touch up on scoring goals.”

The first round of the Group stages will be played on Saturday, November 21 at Churchill Park and Sunday, November 22 at ANZ Stadium in Suva.

However, the tournament proper starts on Wednesday, November 25at Subrail Park in Labasa until Sunday, November 29.

The Fiji FACT winner gets $17,000 and runner-up will walk away with $5000.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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