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Labasa ready to perform at Fiji FACT Tournament

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, May 30, 2011

LABASA soccer president Ajesh Sharma has assured fans that the team's performance in the Vodafone Fiji FACT would not be affected by the recent uproar surrounding the northerner's camp.

Lately the Labasa soccer side had come to limelight after coach Bal Sanju Reddy resigned following the team's first (0-1) defeat in the National Football League competition to minnows Savusavu.

The association later fired team manager following a dispute in the team.

Sharma said they had sorted the difference between the players and the team officials and were ready to win the opening tournament of the season.

"All the matters have been solved and we don't have any problem now. We train three times a day and a good number of players are turning up for the daily training sessions," he said.

Sharma said Viliame Waqa, father of national defender Taniela, had been appointed the interim coach of the side.

Viliame, a former Lautoka player during 1970s, had served with other local districts as technical staff.

"The players are responding well to the training our new coach (Viliame) had been giving. This is a positive sign for the team ahead of the Fiji FACT," Sharma said.s

Labasa last held the Fiji FACT title in 1999 after a controversial win over Lautoka 2-1 at Subrail Park.

And with the late form of the side, the Babasiga lions surely look to be one of the major threats to other teams in the five-day tournament, starting from June 9.

"We are not underestimating other teams in our pool (Ba, Navua, Rewa and Tavua). All teams are equal and we will not be taking any teams lightly" Sharma said.

"Our team will march into camp next weekend in Suva and will be based at my home in Nakasi.

"We ask the support of the people and we assure them that we will do our very best."





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