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Singh, Suva unhappy with schedule

Arin Kumar
Friday, June 01, 2012

SUVA soccer coach Gurjeet Singh is unhappy with the Fiji Football Association turning down their request for postponing their National League game this weekend.

The recently crowned Fiji FACT champions are slated to face Nadi in the Fiji Sun/ GP Batteries sponsored competition on Sunday at Ratu Cakobau Park at 3.45pm.

Singh said Fiji FA should have carefully considered their situation before finalising the fixtures for this weekend.

He said he had requested for postponement this week and they would have played two games next week. As a coach, I am not happy that our request for postponement was not considered by Fiji FA, Singh said.

The reason we had given to them was that Suva had won a title after a long time 17 years and its a first title win for many of our players, he said.

The win still hasnt sunk in for them and they are still celebrating and merry-making and are enjoying a well deserved break after a successful outing in the Fiji FACT.

We told them to postpone our game this weekend and we will play two games next weekend but they (Fiji FA) turned down our request.

He said the players would not be fully fit within four days of training. We had not postponed any of our fixtures before this and this was our first request for a postponement this year.

There are other teams out there who have four or five games still pending, why not let them play because our players are not ready and we cannot prepare them in four days.

They have lost a lot of fitness and we cant get back that fitness in just four days.

Singh said another major concern was the ground conditions at the Ratu Cakobau Park.

He said last week, the coaches of the Nadi and Naitasiri sides complained about poor ground conditions and two more Digicel Cup games would be played on the ground before the soccer games.

Your rugby teams dont often complain about ground conditions because they play the ball in their hands.

But if they are complaining that the ground was in an unplayable condition then what do you think will happen to soccer where we play the ball on the ground.

In the Digicel Cup rugby competition, Naitasiri faces Northland at Ratu Cakobau Park today and tomorrow Tailevu will host Nadroga.

On Sunday, Rewa will host Lautoka in the other National League fixture at 2pm.

Three games will be played on the park before we play and so anyone can guess what can happen to the ground.

I am just hoping that it doesnt rain this weekend or the ground conditions will get even worse.

Meanwhile, the Whites began their training on Wednesday and Singh said apart from fitness, the team would be working on defence strategies.

Nadi will be aiming to score goals and so they will play attacking soccer so we must concentrate on the defensive side.

Also we will missing the services of four key players, Leone Dunadamu will miss one game because of a yellow card, Samuela Vula is in the national team that is currently in Solomon Islands and Nathan Shivam and Josua Wilson are both injured.

Singh has called on the Suva fans to flock to Ratu Cakobau Park in numbers to motivate the team on Sunday.

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