School visit boosts Blues reps

INSPIRED by students of Lautoka Special School, Lautoka Blues players would be playing their hearts out for the do or die Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) quarter-final game against the AS Dragons later this month.

The team presented a cheque and spent time with the students.

Team president Abdul Kadar said the visit really inspired the players knowing they found new fans.

He said the visit was part of their team-bonding exercise as they prepared for the tough clash against the AS Dragons.

“These students are often neglected, many times and we wanted them to know that we care,” said Kadar.

“We also know that most of these students love soccer and visiting them will, in a way motivate them to work hard.

“Most of these students are talented players but are probably not given the opportunity to expose their talents and this visit, we believe, can make a difference.”

Kadar said the players would dedicate their quarter-final game to the students likewise to all other special children in other parts of the country.

“We will play our hearts for our students and we will want to win for them.”

Meanwhile, the players have marched into camp after spending time with their families.

Kadar said the quarter-final would be tough and the players had been training hard for the battle.

“This will be a huge opportunity for the players and I am confident they will deliver the goods.

“We are also expecting tough competitions from the host team and the coach has a few tricks up his sleeves to counter the opposition,” he said.

The side will depart for Tahiti for the OFC quarter-final later this week.

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