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Nand joins Nadi

Maciu Malo
Friday, February 14, 2014

THE sacking of Nadroga coach Joseph Nand is a loss for the Stallions and a gain for Nadi, says Nadi president Navneeda Goundar.

A day after Nand got his marching orders from Nadroga soccer, he was approached by Nadi officials to join the Jetsetters' coaching panel.

Goundar confirmed Nand would add depth and experience to the team's coaching panel this season.

He said Nand was a qualified OFC Level Three coach whose experience would be an asset for the team.

"I had approached Joseph (Nand) after hearing of his sacking from Nadroga and I am grateful he has agreed to join us," said Goundar.

"His experience and qualification will be an advantage to our campaign and we are looking forward to working with him."

Nand said he was honoured to be invited to join the Jetsetters and that he would give his utmost best to help Nadi do well this season. Nand was disappointed with the decision against him by the Nadroga team management, adding that Nadroga's 0-6 loss to Ba last weekend could be one reason for his sacking.

He said his axing could also be blamed on Nadroga's three weeks-in-a-row losses in the national league games.

"I think the team management sacked me as a scapegoat for Nadroga's three consecutive losses," he said.

"Look at Navua and Lautoka, they haven't won any league games this year yet their coaches were not sacked.

"The losses are beyond my control as the players failed to turn up in full during training.

"Last week only six players trained — how can you expect a team to win with this kind of attitude?

"The team management should take ownership of the team's below par performance in finding solutions to fix our weakness rather than sacking me."

Nand said the management should first secure sponsors to look after the financial welfare of the players before they point figures at the coach.

Former national rep Kini Tubi has been called in to replace Nand.

No comments could be obtained from Nadroga soccer.

The Stallions will travel to Suva this weekend.


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