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Nadi back with a victory

Maciu Malo
Monday, May 05, 2014

NADI bounced back from its dismal OFC Champions League campaign to beat Lautoka 1-0 in the Skipper Tuna national league game at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

Striker Samuela Drudru scored the lone goal of the match to give his side the maximum points and the much needed win for their fans.

Coach Kamal Swammy was not pleased with the fitness of his players but was happy with the outcome of the game.

"I am happy to have secured the maximum three points but overall I am not happy with the fitness level of the players," he said.

"Most of the players failed to attend training which was evident in their performance.

"We need to improve on our fitness level if we want to have a good outing this year."

Nadi which fielded some top players such as Jone Salauneune, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Amani Makoe, Samuela Drudru and Eliki Ravosai were stretched to the wire by the host.

The green machine managed to score only one goal from the many scoring chances at their disposal.

Lautoka on the other hand have improved its combination compared with their previous game.

Experienced players such as Jone Vonu Junior, Alvin Avinesh and Semesa Nakosia have blended in well with the new boys but they are yet to reach their peak.

Blues coach Dennis Singh said the team had the potential to do better.

He said the boys played well but it was not enough to satisfy their fans.

Singh said it would take few more games for his players to form a winning combination.

"I still have faith in these boys and I will stick to this team for the remaining games.

"We will try and rectify the weaknesses we commit today for our next game," he added.

Lautoka: Senirusi Bokini, Poasa Bainivalu, Simon Satya Prakash, Semesa Nakosia, Kavaia Rawaqa, Iliesa Lino, Alvin Avinesh, Waisea Tale Junior, Zibraaz Saheb, Edward Justin, Eron Underwood.

Nadi: Vereti Dixon, Eliki Ravosai, Ame Votoniu, Amani Makoe, Shafeel Buksh, Ranjesh Prasad, Lekima Gonerau, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Jone Salauneune, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Samuela Drudru


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