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Babasiga Lions Want Second Win In Nadi

The Ravneel Pratap coached- Labasa football side want to continue their winning run against hosts Nadi in Sunday’s Digicel Premier League clash at Prince Charles Park.
08 Apr 2022 13:50
Babasiga Lions Want Second Win In Nadi

The Ravneel Pratap coached- Labasa football side want to continue their winning run against hosts Nadi in Sunday’s Digicel Premier League clash at Prince Charles Park.

“I am always positive about this team, we have our ups and downs but I have told the boys not to quit,” Pratap said.

“It will be tough, playing them (Nadi) at home despite their 2-0 loss to Suva. Nadi will be going for a win but we have to come pre­pared.”

The Babasiga Lions walloped Ba 5-2 to claim their first DPL win.

Labasa striker, Christopher Wasasala, who was red carded against Ba will miss the Nadi match.

However, the Northerners are banking on the combination of Anare Apenisa, veteran Taniela Waqa and Siotame Kubu.

“I think Taniela Waqa has found his goal scoring boots and I was speechless on what he did when he came off the bench. He is still go­ing strong.”

Coach remain hopeful

Meanwhile, Nadi coach Kamal Swamy is hopeful of turning things around against Labasa.

Playing in front of their fans, he is confident that this would be the much-needed catalyst in their campaign to secure three points.

The Green Machine after their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Suva are desperate to restore lost pride.

The side will have a daunting task to contain a fired-up Labasa side.

“It’s has been disappointing los­ing three consecutive games, that is very bad,” Swamy said.

“We are playing well but we are not scoring. That is something we will try to make it happen.

“We will try not to give many gaps behind which allows the opposi­tion to score from their set pieces.

“Overall we have improved in terms of keeping possession.”

The side will be banking on key players like Rahul Krishna, Wil­liam Valentine, Nikesh Singh, Ame Votoniu, Joshua Tawake, Chris Kumar, Napolioni Qase­vakatini, and Solomon import Jaygray Sipakana.

Nadi are on eighth spot with six points from six games- two wins and four losses.

Labasa are on ninth spot with five points from six games.

Other matches

Meanwhile, Suva travel to Pacific Harbour to play Navua at the Up­rising Sports Complex in Deuba at 2pn Sunday.

Earlier on at 2pm Lautoka take on Nasinu at the same venue.

For tomorrow, Rewa host Nadro­ga at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nau­sori while Tailevu/Naitasiri play Ba at the Fiji FA Academy ground in Ba.



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