THE Rakiraki soccer side has been boosted by the return of their last man down Semi Logavatu ahead of the Inter District Championship that starts on Wednesday.
Logavatu last played for Rakiraki eight years ago but team coach Pragdeesh Goundar said he was ready to take the field in the Courts-sponsored tournament.
The Lautoka-based policeman has taken his leave to help his hometown win back the premier grade title.
Rakiraki last won the title in 2007 and only Asaeli Bobuta, Mosese Beranivalu and Robin Vikash from that team remain with the side.
The Newline Chemical-sponsored side is pooled with Bua, Seaqaqa, Dreketi and defending champions Lami.
Goundar said the pool competition would be tough but his side aims to reach the semi-finals despite not training together as a team for the past few weeks.
"Some of our players are working and some are school students and they were not able to attend the team training sessions," he said.
"But half the team trained together and the others did their personal training and since the team has been playing together for the season, they know our game plan very well."
The inclusion of former Nadi player Ili Gaunavou Jr will add firepower upfront.
"The return of Semi will tighten up our defence and Ili will help us score more goals. Our players know what is required of them and they can deliver it but all we will need is the support of the public. The support of the fans will motivate us as we try and win back the premier division IDC title," Goundar said.
The IDC will be held at Ba's Govind Park from October 10-14.