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New club in last eight

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FC Education started as a social soccer club in 2009 with an aim to reduce non-communicable diseases among teachers and students in Lautoka.

However with the increase in interest shown by the players for competitive football, the club registered under the Lautoka Football Association banner to feature in the local league competition in 2010.

FC Education failed to make an impact in the inaugural year finishing at the bottom end of Division Two.

But it did not take the side long to settle as they won the Division Two the following year to gain promotion to Division One.

The side came close to securing a spot in the National Club Championship last year after qualifying for the semi-final.

Commitment and dedication proved to be the key for FC Education this season finishing in top two to qualify for the Kriz Signs National Football Championship Western qualifiers last weekend.

The side defeated Press 4-0 and Blues Sport 2-0 in the qualifiers to book its spot in the top eight tournament which starts in Nadi on Friday.

FC Education president Sanjay Singh said they did not have a qualified coach.

He said the side was run by a few teachers.

"In fact I help our treasurer Mohammed Shammem and Abhinesh Ram to coach the team," Singh said.

"Our team is quite young. There are five secondary school students, four university students and the rest are teachers with only a few outsiders.

"Our preparation for the National Club Championship hasn't gone that well because we did not even think that we would reach this stage. Finance is our major drawback and we are desperately looking for sponsors. We will keep a low profile going into this weekend's tournament."

Lautoka reps Edward Justin, Ravinesh Kumar and Shiron Naidu will feature for FC Education. The team will also have the services of Kelevi Waqa and Raghu Varran who are Lautoka youth reps.