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Lions work on strike force

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

THE LABASA soccer side is hoping to strengthen its strike force for the upcoming season which will start with the National Football League next month.

The Babasiga Lions struggled with the finishing last season and with the inclusion of some players in the latest transfer window, the side is hopeful to display an improved performance in the forwards department.

And association secretary Nilesh Lal said they were still working on securing the release of Joseph Mishra to further strengthen their strike force.

Mishra's transfer is under dispute after Suva soccer suspended him and fined him $5000 for failing to turn up for the Champion versus Champion series training and playing in New Zealand without their consent.

In a letter to the Fiji Football Association appeals committee, Mishra responded to the charges appealing the dispute put through by Suva.

Lal said Suva FA set up a disciplinary committee consisting of members from its own association to deliver the verdict.

"The independence of this disciplinary committee is in question here and we hope the Fiji FA sets up an independent body to decide on the appeal."

Apart from Mishra, Labasa have managed to rope in some youngsters in Jale Dreloa, Nemani Kanacagi, Vineel Naidu, Ravneet Goundar and Mohammed Arif.

Misaele Draunibaka's transfer is still in process after Rewa club Lokia asked for $2500 for his release.

"We were a bit deficient in the forwards, and that was the major reason Labasa was unable to convert possession into goals (both in the IDC and in the Pacific Cup) and we've recruited two highly capable forwards in the such as Draunibaka and Mishra to account for this," Lal said.

"A number of young players such as Vikrant Chandra, Esala Dikini, Nemani Kanacagi, Pritesh Singh and Vineel Naidu will continue to get appropriate amount of game time"





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