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Blues work on fitness

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, January 24, 2014

FITNESS is the key area Lautoka has been focussing on ahead of the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League clash against Rewa tomorrow.

Coach Dennis Singh expressed concern after Design Engineering sponsored Blues went down to Nadroga 1-2 in the opening fixture at Lawaqa Park last week.

According to Singh, the attitude of the players in the lead up to that match was not right.

Singh said even after the loss some players were still not serious during training.

"The management had a stern talk with all players on Tuesday," he said.

"It was decided that more focus was needed on fitness. As a result ball work was not scheduled for the first three days of the week.

"The attitude of the players changed after Tuesday. We could see them being more committed. They were praising each other for the hard effort put in during the endurance runs."

Alvin Avinesh, Isikeli Jeke, Alifereti Baleiloa and Dave Radrigai are some of the senior players who are part of Lautoka's 2014 squad.

Singh said the Lautoka fans had been harping on the importance of utilising the home-grown talents.

He said they had recruited many youngsters.

"Majority of the players in the squad are from Lautoka. We are giving them the chance to perform. However if they don't, then we will have to look at other avenues to strengthen the team.

"Rewa holds the upper hand going into the match after a 2-1 win against Navua in the opening round. They will also have the backing of the home fans."

In National Football League last year, the first match between the two teams ended in a 1-all draw while in the second match Lautoka beat Rewa 4-1.

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