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Lautoka names strong line-up for championship

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE Bargain Box-sponsored Lautoka team will defend the 2014 Then India Valibar (TIV) Sangam Championship title which starts at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka tomorrow.

Coached by Lambert Sarju, the Blues defeated Suva 1-0 in the final of the Super Premier division last year.

Evergreen Abinesh Salesh Samy proved to be the hero for the Sugar City side by scoring the winning goal.

Samy, the 37-year-old veteran, will be playing in his 18th tournament.

Sarju has named a strong squad for the title defence. Alvin Avinesh, Arvindra Naidu, Edward Justin and Zibraaz Sahib are part of the team.

Lautoka heads Pool One with Auckland, Nalovo and Labasa.

Lautoka TIV Sangam president Rajinesh Naicker said there was a lot of pressure on the team to perform.

Naicker said they would take each game seriously.

"The other teams will be out to beat us," he said.

"This tournament is very important because we will also be defending the Sangam World Cup in New Zealand later in the year. So the boys will have to perform and prove themselves worthy of the trip to Auckland."

Last year's runner-up Suva is in Pool Two with Navua, Salovi and Ba. Pool Three has Middlemore, Nadi, Malolo and Hamilton. Pool Four has Rifle Range, Vitogo, Vatiaka and Vunisamaloa.

Nalovo will play Auckland in the opening match at 12pm.

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