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Nadroga gains vital points

Jo Kunaluvea
Monday, March 11, 2013

The Nadroga soccer team managed to gain another vital three pointer after they defeated Tavua 2-0 at Lawaqa Park yesterday in the National Football League yesterday.

A goal each from Adith Sharma and Waisea Tale Jr confirmed the Stallions a spot in the final top eight of the Fiji FAct.

Nadroga looked sharp and threatening in the first 20 minutes of the first half but their performance gradually faded as the game progressed until the final minute.

The home team was riding high after they ended Nadi's unbeaten run at Prince Charles Park last weekend.

There was no team work and nobody was there to call the shots.

Nadroga soccer president Vijay Singh said he really missed Archie Watkins.

Watkins left with his father and brother Siti and whole family for a five-year contract with a club in Sydney last week.

"We really missed Archie, he was a natural midfielder," said Singh.

Former Nadroga and Fiji soccer midfielder Ilikimi Tulalevu was not impressed with the general performance of the Nadroga team.

Tulalevu, commonly known as a ginger haired man by soccer commentators on local radio in the 80s and 90s, said the president, committee and coaching staff were doing a wonderful job but the players lacked pride in representing Nadroga.

"This Nadroga soccer team looked out of place, their passing was way off the mark and their fitness is questionable," said Tulalevu

He was part of the great Nadroga team that ruled Fiji soccer in the mid-1980s.

"Fitness was our main weapon and even though we respected teams like Ba, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva we never feared them, in fact they feared us because our fitness level was quite high.'

Tavua coach Save Nasara was gracious in defeat.


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