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Champs prefer underdogs tag

Maciu Malo
Thursday, June 19, 2014

SHOP and Save Nadi prefers the underdogs tag in its quest to defend the Vodafone Fiji FACT title at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori this weekend.

And the side are focused on their first and important assignment against the unpredictable Navua outfit tomorrow.

Team president Navneenda Goundar said their below-par performance at the O'League tournament early this year and their 0-3 loss to Ba recently had raised concerns on their ability to defend the Fiji FACT title.

He said the side needed a good outing to win back the hearts of their fans.

"We will be going into the Fiji Fact as underdogs," said Goundar.

"We are working hard at training to get our combination right and to improve from our previous games.

"Our first target is to do well against Navua in our first pool game.

"Navua is a tough team to beat so we need to work hard to win."

Goundar said the side would field the same players who featured in the O'League competition.

He said the onus was on the players to rise to the occasion and deliver the goods for the people of Nadi.

The side will be bolstered with the presence of some of the country's top strikers such as Samuela Drudru, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Rusiate Mateirerega and Jone Salauneune.

"We have some good and talented players but most importantly we need to build a good combination to give our strikers the ability to showcase their full potential," said Goundar.

"We are still trying to improve on our combination at training."

Goundar added the players would give their best during the tournament.

Nadi is drawn with neighbours Lautoka, Suva and Navua in their pool.

The side will face Navua in the Fiji FACT opening game at 1pm.

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