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Swamy Makes Adjustments With Nadroga

Nadroga football head coach Kamal Swamy has a new strategy to return the Stallions’ lost glory.
29 Oct 2021 17:59
Swamy Makes Adjustments With Nadroga
Nadroga captain, Tomasi Tuicakau (14), defends the ball against Navua’s Zainal Ali during their match at Uprising Sports Complex, Pacific Harbour on October 24, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Nadroga football head coach Kamal Swamy has a new strategy to return the Stallions’ lost glory.

Following their 2-1 win against Navua in their Digicel Premier League match on Sun­day at the Uprising ground.

Swamy confirmed that he has started mak­ing adjustments to the once colourful district.

“This win is the result on the new approach, we are in the re-building phase for Nadroga,” Swamy said.

Swamy moved from Ba to coach Nadroga this season.

“My task is to help the Stallions remain in the Digicel Premiere League,” he said.

“To accomplish that, we need to do a few ad­justments to our campaign strategy. We must retain our lost glory.”

Since the formation of Nadroga in 1938, Nadroga were premier league champions in 1989, 1990 and 1993. Inter-district champions in 1988, 1989 and 1993, Fiji FACT champions in 1993 and 2001 and Battle of Giants champs in 1989, 1991, and 2002.

Swamy said the players’ attitude and mind­set have to be right for the long run.

“We are still in the rebuilding phase. There was a lot of soul searching ahead of the DPL.

“These all start from the coaching staff on how we deliver our daily sessions.

“It was easy with the assistance of senior players like Osea Vakatalesau amd Rusiate Batirerega.

“We work with players on their attitude, dis­cipline, character and trust.

“I’m grateful and thankful to the players for supporting me and the coaching staff in achieving and changing things around.

“Before the game against Navua we had to dig deep as a team and look back on the long journey.

“We knew coming into the game on Sunday was going to be tough but we were confident because of the little changes we have made inside our team.”

Against Nadi

“This Sunday we play against an old foe Nadi and they are tougher than Navua,” he said.

“A derby that has some rich football history but we will head down to Nadi and give them a good game.

“We will have to tighten up our defense and make sure that striker Rusiate Batirerega gets good goal scoring opportunities.

“I know the pace of the game will be fast. We will have to lift our game and play smarter with great intensity to match the Nadi team.”

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