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Drudru scores three in Nadi's victory

Rashneeel Kumar
Saturday, June 21, 2014

STRIKER Samuela Drudru fired defending champions Nadi to a winning start in the Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday.

The Jetsetters defeated Navua 1-0 in the opening match of the tournament which will end next weekend.

Both teams displayed a rusty performance in the opening half before finding some structure in the second spell.

They also had some scoring opportunities but lacked the finishing touch to convert them into goals.

In the 86th minute, former Suva marksman Drudru took advantage of the sloppy Navua defence to slot in the opener.

Nadi held on to the slender lead to gain the maximum points.

"Navua came out firing as they are always a dangerous team in the tournaments. But three points in the bag is a positive start and we will rectify on our mistakes and let's hope we do better," Nadi coach Kamal Swami said.

Nadi also conceded three yellow cards in the second spell to Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Amani Makoe and Mataiasi Toma and Swami said discipline was an area they had to look into.

"It can cost us dearly in the latter stage of the game so we need to look into discipline as well."

Navua coach Saiyad Ali said lack of game time in lead up to the tournament was their major downfall.

"All teams come with a winning mentality but I thought we had a very big disadvantage playing over Nadi because we did not play in competitive level for two months."

"That was the factor and the goal was also scored in the latter stage of the game," he said.


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