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Jets to fire back

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

THE Kamal Swamy coached Nadi side will be out to turn the tables against Nadroga in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League (NFL) at Prince Charles Park on Saturday.

The Jetsetters faced a difficult time against the Stallions last season.

Nadi lost to Nadroga on both occasions in the NFL, 1-2 in the first round and 0-1 in the second round.

The two teams met in the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants and Courts Inter-District Championship with the matches ending in a draw.

The Nadi side was expected to regroup for training last evening after heavy rain disrupted sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

Nadi Football Association president Navneeda Gounder said they did not have any injury concerns after the gruelling extra time Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion (CVC) decider against Ba at Churchill Park last Sunday.

Gounder said they had left the CVC loss to the Men in Black behind them.

"The boys learnt many valuable lessons," he said.

"One of them is the importance of utilising the goal scoring opportunities well. We missed many chances in the series.

"Nadroga is one team that bothered us a lot last year. We failed to beat them. The two losses in the NFL certainly cost us the title."

Nadi finished as the runner-up behind winners Ba in the 2013 NFL. The side last won the title back in 2000.

Gounder said the aim was to get three points in the fixture.

"We haven't won the NFL title in a long time but came close last year. With only eight teams this year's competition will be tougher."

In another NFL match on Saturday, Ba will host Navua at Govind Park at 4pm.

On Sunday, Suva will play Rewa at the ANZ Stadium while Lautoka will face Labasa at Churchill Park. Both matches kick off at 3pm.