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Drudru to start

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Star striker Samuela Drudru has forced his way into the Vodafone Shop and Save Nadi starting line-up to face Auckland City this afternoon at Lautoka's Churchill Park.

The former Suva striker will be the key man for the Jetsetters as they attempt to create a major upset against reigning Oceania Football Confederation Champions league champion.

Team president Navneeda Goundar said Drudru was the country's top striker and a sure started against Auckland.

He said the Drudru's impressive form at training had made the work easy for the coach in selecting from the four strikers in the squad.

The other strikers in the squad are Jone Salauneune, Rusiate Matarerega, Napoloni Qasevakatini and Uraia Loki.

"Drudru is the country's top striker and he is a definite starter against Auckland," said Goundar.

"We will now have to select his striking partners from Salauneune, Matarerega or Qasevakatini.

"Loki who was the team striker last year will be shifted to midfield."

Goundar said Nadi would field a strong team in their first game with inspirational goalkeeper Beniamino Mateinaqara to captain the side.

He said the Jetsetters are ready for the battle and they would do their best for their fans.

"Auckland has star players from other countries and they will do all it takes to defend their title," said Goundar.

"But I have faith in our boys and anything can happen on the day."

The match will kick off at 3pm.

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