13 March, 2018, 12:00 am
Some of the senior football associations are now very much committed to the development of football in their districts.
Newly elected Nasinu Football Association president Oneil Chand said they had a vision for Nasinu.
“Myself and my executive committee members are fully committed to the development program as we now focus on our U16 and U19 teams,” Chand said.
Chand said they brought in some former Nasinu, Suva, and Navua rep to head the coaching department and develop future stars.
“Master Shivam Nathan is our head coach who looks after all the teams and today we could see our U19 side played really well with his guidance from the sideline.
“Despite 4-0 loss to a better Rewa side, we are happy that we have started building a team for our future. Our former coach left us but the boys really did well holding Rewa 0-0 at halftime.”
Chand believes proper guidance and coaching would see the youngsters help lift Nasinu football to where it was once,
“Nasinu was tagged as giant killers once and now our aim is to bring back Nasinu to the top level of football.”
Chand said they had scouted some potential players from their U19 team who would be playing for the main team.
“We have two or three players on our radar who will join our main team soon,” Chand said.
He said they had plans to register their U19 team in the local league competition.
“We have planned to register our U19 team as Nasinu Olympians and to play in the local league competition which will give these young stars some exposure and experience in playing against some top guns.”
Northland Tailevu U16 coach Kritesh Prasad shared the same sentiment and said they would need to develop players for the future.
“We are taking the Vodafone U16 Youth League as our development program and we understand that this is the great pathway for the development of football in Tailevu.
“Today (Sunday) was the first time we played with the Rewa U16 and I am happy, despite our 4-nil loss, this was a good learning experience for our boys. We will go back to the drawing board and will iron out our mistakes. We will come back more prepared in the second round. “Prasad said.
Meanwhile, the Rewa U16 side have taken the lead in the Vodafone U16 Youth League after the completion of the first round of matches.