Lions Coach Tells Of Challenges Ahead

“Different teams have their formation and structure so we want to work around creating our game plan from the teams that we face on game day.”
01 Mar 2021 11:31
Lions Coach Tells Of Challenges Ahead
Labasa football team (front-left to right) Akeimi Ralulu, Ilisoni Lolaivalu, Marlon Tahioa, Ashnil Raju, Sitiveni Rakai. (Back- left to right) Ratu Anare, Lekima Gonerau, Sekove Naivakananumi, Akuila Mateisuva, Siotame Kubu, Ilisoni Logaivau at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on February 19, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Consistency in the tempo and the pace of the game will be vital for the Labasa football side in this year’s season, says their coach.

Speaking to SUNsports after winning the Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion Series last Sunday, coach Ravneel Pratap said they had to remain consistent.

“It’s a big challenge after winning the CvC the pressure is on us to perform better in the future whenever we take the field,” Pratap said.

“We have to lift the pace and the tempo of our game to another level. These are young players, designing a formation that has fast tempo and pace will really help them.

“Different teams have their formation and structure so we want to work around creating our game plan from the teams that we face on game day.”

Labasa faces Ba on Saturday in their Vodafone Premier League opener.

“We are playing Ba at our home ground. The cancellation of the VPL had given us another opportunity to prepare well.

“It is going to be a tough match,” he said.

“Going back and recovering is a big thing for us and it’s a very important area moving forward especially the players. We need to focus on recovery, rethink and redesign our pattern heading into the VPL.”

Pratap said majority of the players playing in other districts were from Labasa.

“The development plan set is that we need to think about keeping these players in the district and groom them well. There are a lot of players and talent in the North and we just need to work hard.

“The management had a huge job to identify the right talent to develop more Roy Krishnas in Fiji. These players play with their hearts and whenever they put on that red and white jersey they give their 100 per cent because they play with pride for their district.

“We have set a plan and design structures to suit each teams that we will playing this year.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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