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Naidu waits for Fiji FA clearance

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, February 20, 2014

LAUTOKA midfielder Arvindra Naidu is likely to force his way into the reserves when the Blues take on Ba in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League at Churchill Park on Sunday.

Naidu was suspended by the Fiji Football Association last year for featuring in an unsanctioned overseas tournament.

Lautoka coach Dennis Singh said Naidu had been training with the squad for the past two weeks.

Singh said the midfielder's availability would depend on his clearance by the parent body.

"Lautoka has struggled with inexperience in the past four matches," he said.

"But we will not let that excuse affect us when we meet Ba. We have lost all four matches while Ba is unbeaten.

"So we have every reason to beat Ba and put back smiles on the faces of our fans.

"It will be an uphill battle. Ba under coach Yogendra Dutt is always superior with strategies and tactics. We are weak in the scoring department.

"The strikers aren't scoring and neither are the midfielders.

"They say Rome was not built in a day but then it wasn't built in a long time also. For us to go four matches without a single point in the bag is simply unexpected."

Captain Alvin Avinesh and goalkeeper Alifereti Baleiloa have been undergoing light training after picking up injuries in the previous encounter against Suva.

Singh said there was a lot of rivalry between the neighbouring districts.

"Our defence will have to work overtime," the former Ba and Lautoka rep said.

"The boys will have to be alert for the duration of the game. The strikers will have to be aggressive and have to utilise their opportunities well."

Ba hammered Lautoka 6-0 in the opening match of the competition at Churchill Park last year.

The return match at Govind Park ended in a 3-all draw.

The game will start at 3pm.

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