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Former players join coaching panel

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

FORMER Lautoka reps including brothers Sam and Freddy Work, Jeremaia Ladawa, Wally Mausio and Upendran Choy have been appointed to the interim panel of coaches to guide the Blues for one month.

Their appointment was endorsed by the Lautoka Football Association council during its meeting at the Sugar Cane Growers Council hall on Monday.

The former players will be helped by Central College coach Roneel Sharma and Lautoka youth coach Sekove Bai.

During the meeting Sam, Freddy and Jeremaia expressed their concerns about the team's non-performance in recent seasons, proposing a halt to the recruitment of players from other districts. The trio suggested that emphasis should be focused on developing home grown players.

LFA president Shalendra Prasad said the former players came out in full force during the meeting.

He said they raised the issue of lack of preparation time for the crucial Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League opening round match against Ba at home this Sunday.

"The former players have taken over the coaching of the Lautoka team," Prasad said, adding that council members gave their full support.

"It's good to see them come out and give back to the sport."

"Sam has coached Lautoka before and is a well respected soccer player. The former players have been appointed on an interim basis.

"They will be there until the annual congress when a final decision on the coaching staff will be made."

Prasad said the former players had a lot of ideas which could augur well for the association.

This includes a proposal for a knockout competition involving clubs from both Division One and Division Two playing in one competition.

"This knockout competition will be used to select an extended training squad," Prasad said.

"With the extended squad in place there will always be back-up for players in each position."

The LFA annual congress will be held next month.


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