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Brothers to lead Navua club

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

THE three Chand brothers will lead the charge for the Combine FC side in the national play-offs of the National Club Championship this weekend.

Rajnil, Monit and Vineet will be the key players for the side in the Kriz Signs-sponsored event to be played at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

Their fourth brother Rohit had earlier switched districts and now plies his trade in Lami.

Team coach Garib Chand, who is the father of the brothers, said this was their first time competing at this stage and they were looking forward to the competition.

The Nakaulevu-based club was the fifth best team from the Southern Zone which was played last Sunday in Suva.

"We were the underdogs in the zone and to qualify for the national play-offs is a bonus for us," he said.

"Preparation for the event has been good and anything beyond pool games will be a good result for us."

Despite the departure of three key players, the side is confident of putting up a good fight in whichever pool they are drawn in today.

"Rohit Chand is in Lami and so is Sailosi Livatalo and Praneel Kumar has gone to play with League FC.

"But that will not deter us. Just by qualifying for the national play-offs is history for us and for Navua because this is the first time two teams from Navua had qualified."

Chand said the other team from Navua, League FC boasts a good bunch of players, most of whom are district reps.

"They have players like Jesoni Takala, Sheik Moshin, Inia Boko, Praneel Kumar, Seveci Rokotakala, Simione Damuni, Netani Doli, Rizwan Ali, Mohammed Shameem, Abdul Moshin, Sitiveni Qarua and Simione Maikali and would be one of the tough teams in the competitions."

The other teams from the Southern Zone are Civic FC and North Pole from Suva and Rewa's United FC.

FC Education, Blues of Nadi and defending champions 4R Electrical are the teams from the Western Zone.