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Savusavu looks for redemption

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, October 07, 2012

SAVUSAVU is hoping to end their 2012 campaign on high with a dashing performance in the Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) at Govind Park in Ba next week.

The northern minnows, who finished at the bottom of the National Football League points table, hopes to make a point when they face the giants in the annual event.

The Manoj Lal-coached side is pooled along with Ba, Suva, Nadi and Rewa while defending champions Labasa leads pool one with Lautoka, Navua, Nadroga and Tavua.

Savusavu Football president Gopendra Narayan said they were hoping to stage some big upsets in the five-day tournament, starting from Wednesday.

"We have nothing to lose in this tournament. Our main goal is to go there and do our very best," he said.

"Of course we are hoping to create some upsets especially being pooled with the top teams in the tournament."

Narayan said the team had been in camp for a week and undergoing some rigorous training sessions.

He said continuous rain had hampered their preparation but not the morale of the players.

"Our main concern is goalkeeper Marika Serukalou, who is injured and we are hoping he gets fully recovered before the tournament starts next week," Narayan said.

"Also, travelling will be another factor and we will try our best to get the players recovered well before our first game."

Savusavu will rely on the likes of Thomas Vulivuli, Epeli Deyama, Pene Erenio and Waisale Rasoki at the IDC.

The side plays its opening match on Thursday against Nadi at 5.15pm.

Savusavu made the top flight in 2011 after beating Nasinu in the promotion/relegation series.





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