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Blues gear up for national league

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

THE Lautoka team is aiming for a bright start in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League this weekend.

The Design Engineering Blues travel to Lawaqa Park on Sunday to face Nadroga in the opening round.

The side has been training twice daily and played a warm-up match against the Fiji under-20 team last week, winning 5-1.

Interim Lautoka coach Bakalevu Mocemereke said they had been working on combinations. He said they would not underestimate Nadroga.

"The first match in any competition is always tough," the former Lautoka and national rep said.

"Nadroga is an unpredictable team. They created a few upsets during the Courts Inter-District Championship last year.

"The attendance at training is high. Zibraaz Sahib who is suspended has been attending the sessions. He is committed and this is the kind of attitude that we need from players."

Lautoka will be without experienced Ilatia Tuilau. The defender has applied for a release from the district and is rumoured to rejoin Vanuatu club Amicale this season.

Goalkeeper Alifereti Baleiloa will mark his return for the Blues in the competition after a lapse of two seasons.

Lautoka was thrashed 6-0 by Ba in the opening match of the National Football League last year.

Sunday's fixture will kick off at 3pm.





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