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Nadi star joins Suva

Maciu Malo
Saturday, March 15, 2014

NADI soccer suffered a huge blow ahead of their O'League campaign with the departure of their ace striker Napolioni Qasevakatini.

Team president Navneeda Goundar confirmed Qasevakatini had applied for release to join Suva.

He said the striker was instrumental for the Jetsetters last year and his absence would affect the players' morale.

"Qasevakatini is a good striker and his departure will affect the team," said Goundar.

"But then again our players have the right to choose which team to play for and we wish Qase the very best with his new team."

Goundar said the side had also secured the services of Suva striker Samuela Drudru and former Ba striker Jone Salauneune to cover for Qasevakatini.

"We still have three top strikers to bank on with players such as Drudru, Salauneune and Rusiate Matarerega.

"It's just a matter of getting the right combination as these strikers have been exposed to top level competition."

Goundar said he was confident of his team's chances of playing in this year's O'League semi-final.

"We have set our O'League goal and that is to reach the semi-final and the final."

"It's a tough challenge for the players but I have faith that we will deliver the goods required from our fans.

"The O'League games will be tougher than the national league games therefore our players have been urged to work hard at training."

He said the side was looking to win its first O'League game against Auckland City on April 8.

"This is a must-win-game for the boys because we want to lay a good and solid platform for the remaining matches.

"Our goal is to reach the semi-final and also final."

The Nadi Auckland City game will be played at Churchill Park

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