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Gounder back at the top

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, January 26, 2013

VETERAN administrator Navneeda Gounder is back at the helm of Nadi soccer.

Gounder was elected as the Nadi Football Association president during the annual congress at the Nadi Civic Centre on Thursday night.

The dental technician defeated interim NFA president Tarun Patel 33-17 during the voting process.

Highly regarded as one of Nadi's most successful administrators Gounder said his main focus would be on development.

He said the target areas would be the grassroots level, youth level, refereeing, women's soccer, futsal and beach soccer.

Gounder said he would be working closely with all the stakeholders for the betterment of the sport in the district.

"I'm happy with the support I received from the club delegates but expected to win by more votes," Gounder said.

"In saying that Tarun had good support as well. He is a person with Nadi at heart. We will all work together to take Nadi soccer forward."

"We want to build our under-21 team. The players from that team will move up to the senior squad in a couple of years."

"We will co-opt a keen female member who has the ideas to develop women's soccer in the district. We will try and stage more futsal tournaments in Nadi as it is popular amongst the business houses."

Gounder represented Suva and Nadi before donning the national jumper.

He served as the NFA vice president from 1985-1991 before becoming the president in 1994.