Football | SPORTS

Lautoka Hosts Ba, Nadroga Clash

The Daniel Krishneel coached- Ba side will be in full force to register an­other win in the Digicel Premier League competition at Churchill Park, Lautoka, tomorrow.
04 Mar 2022 20:30
Lautoka Hosts Ba, Nadroga Clash

The Daniel Krishneel coached- Ba side will be in full force to register an­other win in the Digicel Premier League competition at Churchill Park, Lautoka, tomorrow.

This was after the side regis­tered their first win this season by beating Navua 2-1 at the Upris­ing Sports Centre, last Sunday.

“We are now focussing on Na­droga,” Krishneel said.

“It is simple, let the ball run and do the job- it paid off in the last match.”

Ba have a huge following with fans rallying behind them wher­ever they play.

“Hats off to our fans that are always travelling with the team wherever they go and play.

“Keep that faith in the Ba team and continue your support. Stay positive, we will do wonders,” he said.

Fiji FA competition manager Amitesh Pal confirmed that due to bad weather conditions, the Ba ground would not be ready by Saturday and the best option was to move the game to Lautoka.

Krishneel said the shifting of the match from Fiji Football Academy in Ba would not affect the team’s preparation for anoth­er victory.

Stallions miss key reps

Meanwhile, the Nadroga foot­ball side will be missing the ser­vices of seven regular players because they are either nursing injuries or sick.

Head coach, Nadeem Moham­med, said this has affected their training attendance this week.

The seven players include top choice goalkeeper Isikeli Se­vanaia Jnr who is likely to be replaced either by Greenstar FC goalie Jone Naitau or veteran Sakeo Taganeca.

Sevanaia is in the national team preparing for the Oceania quali­fiers for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Nadroga captain Amani Makoe and Suliano Doli are off the list for their double yellow and red card issues in their 2-0 loss to Nadi in round two.

Midfielder and Cuvu College Year 13 student, Zoheeb Rahim, is expected to be in the team.

“We will go back and work on numerous things and discipline is one of them.

“The boys have to accept the fact that the referee is the one who is in control of the match,” Moham­med said.

Nadroga are banking on crafty Jibola Afongja, Ato Jankson, Paulo Buke, Ben Lebatavatava, Viliame Kautoga, Isikeli Ratu­cava and veteran striker Osea Vakatalesau when they face Ba.

Meanwhile, Rewa and Suva lead the points table with seven points each from two wins.

The defending champions are Lautoka.

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