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Salauneune returns to boost Nadi

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

NADI soccer players have been urged to pull up their socks in this weekend's Skipper Tuna National League clash against Rewa.

And to boost the confidence of the Jetsetters is the inclusion of former national under-23 striker Jone Salauneune.

Team president Navneeda Goundar said Salauneune could spark the fireworks for the green machine as they attempt to deny the Delta Tigers a home win.

He said the side was capable of bouncing back after their loss to Suva in their last league game.

"And the timely inclusion of Salauneune will boost our chances against Rewa," said Goundar.

"The onus is on the boys to perform to the expectation of the fans and deliver the goods required of them.

"Our players will not treat Rewa lightly as they will be playing on their home turf."

Goundar said Rewa would be hard to beat in front of their home fans.

He said Nadi would field a strong team with players such as goalkeeper Benimino Mateinaqara, strikers Napolioni Qasivakatini, Rusiate Mateirerega and tough defender William Valentine to name a few.

"Our boys feel comfortable playing away from home as they are not pressured by our fans," he said.

"But they know what is expected of them and we will be out to give Rewa a good run for their money.

"The players have been told to lift their game and deny Rewa a win this weekend."

Rewa will host Nadi at Ratu Cakobau Park on Sunday, 3pm.

Meanwhile, Goundar has confirmed no Nadi player would leave the district during the transfer window.

"We look after the welfare of our boys and that is the reason they've all decided to remain with the club despite offers from other districts," he said.

"Apart from Salauneune, we have also recruited Lautoka player Krishna Swammy this season."

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