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FFA calls for consistency

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE Fiji Football Association is urging teams to be consistent with their performance this season.

All three games of the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League ended with a 2-1 scoreline and the biggest upset of last weekend was Nadroga's win over Lautoka.

However, competitions manager and National League board secretary Amitesh Pal is hoping the win was not a one-off case.

"Our message to the teams is simple, that from this season they will not get a chance, like previous years, where after finishing last in the league they get last chance in the form of promotion/relegation matches," he said.

"They will have to maintain consistency throughout the season, every point is important and to achieve this they will need to improve in every game.

"Discipline is also important that teams and players have to maintain."

Pal said players did well in the first three games and less yellow cards were flashed.

"There were minimum sanctions to players in the first round of competition and none of the players were sent off in first round.

"Discipline is most vital factor in football and this is a major area which needs improvement for a team to be successful."

He added Shop N Save Nadi and 4R Electrical Ba will not have any problems when they start with their National League games.

They drew 1-all in both the home and away legs of the Pillay's Garments Champion versus Champion.

"Ba and Nadi have not played yet (National League), now they have another busy weekend in the CVC where they play a third match at 4pm this Saturday at Lautoka's Churchill Park to decide the winner.

"I don't see any problem for them returning into the league late as they are playing anyway.

"But the expectations are very high when they play their first matches in the league from next week."

Meanwhile, the youth league competition also started last weekend and Pal said the competition was stiff. Defending champions Rewa beat Navua 9-0 while Nadroga and Lautoka drew 1-all.

"We are proud to say that after the introduction last season, our youth league is up and running and is a very important part of the competition.

"Last season we had a lot of youth games played throughout the season. Young players have chance to showcase their talent at the national level.

"They play alongside super premier matches, which is a very good exposure for them.

"Also by looking at this season's super premier registrations in the national league, most of the teams have drafted in players from their youth squad last year and that is a positive result of having regular youth competition.

"Around 600 players participated in the youth league last year and we expect the number to increase this season."





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