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Nadroga banks on experience of veteran brothers

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

NADROGA will rely on the experience of veteran soccer brothers Peni Finau and Leone Vurukania in their game against 4R Electric Ba on Sunday.

Coach Joseph Nand said the brothers were members of the champion Ba team in late '90s and well-versed with Ba's game pattern.

He said the brothers had been guiding the team during training knowing the battle against the Men In Black would be an uphill battle.

"It's an honour to play against a champion side like Ba," said Nand.

"But we're lucky to have Peni and Leone in our team.

"These players have been instrumental in some of Ba major victories over the years and the brothers know exactly how to counter their former teammates.

"Apart from the brothers, we also have the services of another Ba player in Ronald Lawrence who is expected to play a key role this weekend."

Nand said Nadroga had nothing to lose against the Fiji Sun-Skipper Tuna National Football League champion.

He said his players had been urged to come out of their comfort zone and surprise the football fans on Sunday.

"We beat Lautoka in our first league game and anything can happen against Ba.

"We just need to play smart because nothing is impossible.

"Our players are looking forward to this huge test and I'm hopeful we'll give Ba a good run for their money." Nand said his side was expected to field the same line-up that lost 0-2 to Nadi last week except for right back Shivneel Sharma.

"Sharma will miss the game after copping a red card against Nadi last week but we have capable replacements to fill the vacuum.

"We are still trying to improve on our combination and the game against Ba will be a good test for our boys."

The game will be held at Lawaqa Park on Sunday at 3.30pm.

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