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Nadi loses skipper to injury

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NADI will miss the services of inspirational skipper Beniamino Mateinaqara in their top of the table clash against Suva this weekend.

Mateinaqara was injured in their Skipper Tuna National Soccer league 1-0 win over Labasa last weekend.

Team president Navneeda Goundar said the absence of Mateinaqara would affect the team's performance against the unbeaten Capital City boys.

He said beating Suva would be an uphill battle for his troops, especially without their star goal keeper.

Goundar said Mateinaqara would be out of action for a month and be back in time for the O'League competition.

"The injury to our captain will definitely affect our performance against Suva," he said.

"This is one of the games we have been looking forward to, unfortunately the boys will be playing without their leader.

"Injury is part and parcel of the game and we have no option but to accept that fact. And more importantly is to maintain our unbeaten run in the competition."

Goundar said young Samu Tamanisau had been shouldering the huge responsibility of filling the vacuum left by Mateinaqara.

He said it would be baptism of fire for Tamanisau against the star-studded Suva.

"Tamanisau was the Nadi youth goalkeeper last year and it will be a good test for him this weekend," he said.

"He will be guided by Mateinaqara during training to prepare himself for this important game."

Goundar said his troops hadbeen urged to use the absence of their skipper as an inspiration factor to defy the odds.

Suva leads the points table with 15 points after five consecutive wins followed by Nadi with nine points from three wins out of three games. The much-anticipated clash will kick off at Prince Charles Park on Saturday at 4pm.





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