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Bring On Navua, Says Nadi Coach

Looking at the next match, Navua as usual are the giant-killers, let the game come my boys will be ready.
17 Apr 2021 11:19
Bring On Navua, Says Nadi Coach
Navua midfielder Alfred Tahir Ali makes an attempt as the Ba defenders close in during their Digicel Premier League clash on April 11, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

The Napolioni Qasevakatini cap­tained- Nadi football side are wary of their encounter against giant-killers Navua in Sunday’s Digi­cel Premier League clash at the Upris­ing Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba.

This was after Navua upset Ba 1-0 at the same venue last Sunday.

Nadi coach Shalen Lal said travelling away from home is always a daunting task compared to playing at front of their fans.

“We will see the best team for our next outing against Navua,” he said.

“Looking at the next match, Navua as usual are the giant-killers, let the game come my boys will be ready.

“Of course for me more hardwork to be done because of the Easter break.

“Some of my boys lacked fitness and it was shown during the match against Labasa.

“We were caught up in the last 15 min­utes of play. Well, this is football and whoever plays better in the day wins.”

Crafty midfielder Christopher Kumar and Ashneel Kumar are expected to re­turn to the starting line-up after they both copped cards in their previous matches.

“We will see how they are in the team, in terms of their fitness,” the coach said.

Lal remained surprised to watch Nadi fans coming out in big numbers to sup­port the team in the past weeks.

Lautoka top the points table with 10 points ahead of Rewa and Nadi who are both on eight points. Ba, Labasa and Suva are on seven.

In other games this Sunday, Suva host undefeated Labasa at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

Rewa travel to face Ba at the Churchill Park, Lautoka on Sunday at 1 pm fol­lowed by Lautoka, Nadroga clash at 3 pm.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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