Blues Defender Wary Of Whites

“Playing the league is a different ball game too. I do know where they would come from,
11 Apr 2021 13:44
Blues Defender Wary Of Whites
Lautoka centreback Sekove Finau (left) defends against Nadi during the Digicel Premier League clash at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on March 21, 2021. Photo: Fiji FA Media

The Imdad Ali coached- Lautoka side will not leave any stone unturned when they host Suva today in the Digicel Premier League match at Churchill Park.

Lautoka left back Aaron Edward said they are anticipating a tough encounter especially when Suva are hurting from their 1-0 loss to Nadi and will be out for a win to steer their campaign back on track.

“The battle of the two cities is always tough,” Edward said.

“We need to play as a team and execute what our coach is putting across to us.”

Edward started his football career with the Blues at the age of 17.

He moved on to join Suva football in 2013 where he played until 2019.

In mid-2019 he returned to the Blues and has been there ever since.

“I have played for Suva and we won the IDC (Interdistrict Championship) in 2014.

“Playing the league is a different ball game too. I do know where they would come from,” he said.

Also back in the Lautoka’s fold are left link Muni Shivam Naidu, James Pillay, and Raj Pillay who were part of the victorious Lautoka side that beat Labasa 1-0 in the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha IDC at Lawaqa Park,  Sigatoka, on Monday.

Other players that the Blues are banking on are Zibraaz Sahib, Dave Radrigai, Edward Justin, Sekove Finau, Afrraz Ali, Sairusi Nalaubu and Sitiveni Cavuilagi.

Lautoka’s latest import from the Solomon Islands Jared Bently Maela Rongosulia has arrived into the country and is undergoing the 14-day quarantine in Nadi.

Suva are going to be strengthened by the presence of Vanuatu duo Azariah Soromon and Alex Saniel


Latest FIFA rankings

The Digicel national football team have been ranked at 163 by FIFA. The latest rankings saw Solomon Islands ranked ahead of us at 143. Our other Pacific neighbours Vanuatu is behind at 164 while New Caledonia are at 157 with Tahiti at 161.

According to FIFA, football’s world governing body, teams are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest.

A points system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of all FIFA-recognised full international matches.

For the Oceania region, international matches have been on a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic and this directed affected their rankings.



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