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No excuses

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

THERE should be no excuses for the Nadi soccer team not to win the Inter-District Championship this weekend.

The coaching staff of the team comprises national assistant coaches Kamal Swamy and Imdad Ali.

Ali, who is the technical adviser of the team, said the side had high-profiled players who would need to deliver the goods.

The jetsetters are keeping a low profile as they prepare for the Courts-sponsored tournament.

The Fairdeal Earthmoving Contractors-sponsored side is pooled with Savusavu and former champion Ba, Suva and Rewa.

Ali said expectations on the team were high and he had asked players to live up to them.

Nadi finished the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League on third position behind winner Ba and runner-up Suva.

"With the amount and type of preparation we have done, with the coaching staff and the players we have, there should be no excuses as to why we can't win the IDC," he said.

"Expectations on the team are very high and we are expecting the players to give a good performance in the tournament."

Nadi has not won the coveted Lloyd Farebrother Trophy since 2002 and the 10-year wait has made the district hungry for victory.

The win in 2002 was at the same venue where they will be playing from tomorrow and their first opponents will be Suva.

He said the first match of the tournament would be the most important.

"The first game will be a tough one and so will be the others because it's a tournament and all teams come very prepared.

"We will be going for maximum points in the first game. It will be a tough task but we need to win the game to settle down.

"A win in the first match will set a good platform for the rest of the tournament."

The side has been boosted by the return of the Toma brothers.

Veteran striker Veresa has been plying his trade in Australia for the Oakleigh Cannons in the Victorian Premier League while his elder brother, Viliame, a renowned defender, is based in Canada.

Ali has called on the fans of Nadi to come out in numbers to back the players as they attempt to win their seventh IDC title.

The IDC will be begin tomorrow and end on October 14 at Ba's Govind Park.