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Blues lose striker, welcome back defender

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, February 01, 2014

UTILITY Isikeli Jeke has been ruled out of the Lautoka team for tomorrow's Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League (NFL) match against Labasa at Churchill Park.

Jeke, the sweeper cum striker is serving a one match suspension after picking up two yellow cards in the competition.

Defender Noa Vukica will mark his return for the Design Engineering Blues after missing the opening two encounters.

The Sugar City side is under immense pressure following the losses against Nadroga and Rewa.

Coach Dennis Singh said it was time for the boys to rise to the challenge.

Singh said they needed to be focused against the Northerners.

"Labasa has many experienced players and will have the upper hand," he said.

"We are rebuilding with our home grown talents and that is what the fans want. Now these boys will have to perform especially in front of the home fans.

"Last week, inexperience cost us against Rewa. We were leading 2-0 at half time but allowed them to come back and snatch victory.

"The players need to have the ability to sustain pressure against quality opposition."

Alvin Avinesh, Alifereti Baleiloa and Dave Radrigai will guide the Blues.