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Labasa ready to test players against Suva

Arin Kumar
Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE Labasa soccer side will do its best to keep Suva at bay at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

The two sides meet in the opening match of the 2014 Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League and Labasa Football Association president Rayaz Khan says they are not counting their chickens before they've hatched.

Khan said the players had just came off the festive season and might not have the match fitness required to give the kind of performance the fans expect.

"I am kind of sceptical about the fitness of the boys because the festive season has just finished," Khan said.

"They have been doing their work in training two sessions a day and they will give their best on Saturday.

Khan said they would rely on their coach player Pita Bolaitoga and other senior players against Suva.

"Suva is a good team and we might not be able to use our young players against them yet.

"So, we will use our senior players to use their experience and make things happen for us on the field this Saturday.

"We have some young players like those from the under-17 team and we can give them game time from next week."

Meanwhile, the match between Navua and Rewa that was to be played at Thomson Park in Navua has been shifted to Nausori's Ratu Cakobau Park.

National League board secretary Amitesh Pal said the ground at Thomson Park is in an unplayable condition.