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Rodu looks forward to tough battle

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 24, 2014

REWA soccer coach Marika Rodu expects a different Lautoka side to the team that lost 1-2 to Nadroga last weekend.

The Sugar City side travels to Nausori tomorrow to take on the Delta Tigers at Ratu Cakobau Park in their second match of the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League.

While Rewa won their first match by the same score against Navua last Sunday, they are not underestimating Lautoka.

"It's still too early into the season to highlight which teams are the weak teams," Rodu said.

"Like any other team, Lautoka still has the potential to pull up.

"Rewa is aware that Lautoka is hurt after their loss to Nadroga, we feel they will come at us head on.

"Lautoka with Dennis Singh and Bakalevu Moceimerike will send an even better team to Nausori this Saturday."

Rewa has suffered a setback with two players completely ruled out and one in doubt.

"One change I have to make is to see a possible replacement for Peniame Drova in defence," Rodu said.

"He has moved to Amicale FC in Vanuatu after the Navua game and so this is going to be tough.

"Two keys players are carrying injuries — Poasa Banivalu got a knock on his ankle during the Navua game and Epeli Loaniceva is in hospital suffering from dengue fever."

Meanwhile, Rodu is confident more supporters will come to watch the home game following their winning start.

"Yes, of course we want more supporters to come and watch the game on Saturday. Vocal support is very motivating."

The match kicks-off at 7.30pm.

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