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Smart Football Is The Key: Toma

All in One Builders Nadi football coach Viliame Toma hailed his young players for a sterling performance in their upset 1-0 win over Suva at the HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, on Sunday.
09 Aug 2022 16:08
Smart Football Is The Key: Toma
Ram Cleaning Service Suvsa striker Samuela Drudru (left) makes an attempt as Nadi captain Ilimotama Jese challenges him with defender Ashneel Kumar looking on at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva on August 7, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

All in One Builders Nadi football coach Viliame Toma hailed his young players for a sterling performance in their upset 1-0 win over Suva at the HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, on Sunday.

The star of the Nadi side was 16-year old Swamy Vivekananda College student Mohammed Ayan who had the Suva defenders working overtime with his speed coupled with his dribbling skills.

Ayan’s exceptional skills saw him set up veteran striker Siotame Kubu to score a classic goal in the 57th minute.

Speaking to SUNsport, Toma said his young players rose to the occasion.

“Our plan was to play fast football and outsmart the Suva team,” he said.

“We knew our young players were fast and fitter than the bigger and heavy Suva players. The young boys stood up to the test and outplayed the much- experienced Suva side.

“We knew that shifting the ball around will tire the Suva defence and that worked. I reminded the boys to play fast and smart football and it seemed Suva couldn’t keep up with the pace.”

Toma added they would regroup and prepare well for their next game.

“Now we have to go back and work on some areas that we feel needs to be improved. Goal scoring will be one of the areas we will be focusing on during our training session.

“We had a lot of goal scoring opportunities but we couldn’t score. It’s time to enjoy the win but at the same time think about our next game.”

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