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Suva looks to make a flying start to season

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SUVA football coach Gurjit Singh is up against the element of time as he works to prepare a formidable side for the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League opener against Labasa this Saturday.

The former national mentor's preparation plan was disrupted last week with a poor turnout of players. However, Singh is happy with the turnout this week, and hopes the week-long preparation is enough to overcome the Babasiga Lions at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay this weekend.

"We don't have much time, so the concentration is basically to get the combination together although the time is very short to achieve this," he said.

"It's good that we have some senior players in the team and three players in the national Under 20 camp who'll be joining us."

Suva will rely heavily on youngsters Kolinio Sivoki, Jale Dreloa and Nikhil Chand who are part of the Fiji U20 squad.

Singh said he also hoped to get the services of goalkeeper Emori Ragata and defenders Amit Kanhaiya and Leone Damudamu for the crucial match.

"We haven't played a 90-minute game since the national league last year.

"Labasa has a bit of an advantage as they have been training for some time.

"We were supposed to play a friendly against Navua over the weekend but they didn't turn up.

"This is a very important game and competition as the team which finishes last will be demoted."

Singh said Labasa had not beaten them in the past two seasons and would try to break the jinx this Saturday.