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Nadi soccer confident fans will return after FACT win

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, July 06, 2014

THE Nadi Football Association expects the support of the fans and sponsors to return after its success at the Vodafone Fiji FACT.

Nadi defeated Suva 1-0 in the final at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori to win the title back to back last month.

The Jetsetters had lost a lot of support after its dismal performance at the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League in April. The side lost its three pool matches, conceded 14 goals and failed to score a single goal.

A private reception was held at the Nadi Civic Centre on Friday to honour the players for the victory.

Association board member Tarun Patel said the family members were the backbone of the players.

"We lost a lot of support after the dismal outing at the Oceania Champions League," Patel said.

"But like a champion team we bounced back with the boys displaying their true character. The players sacrificed a lot to win the title back to back. The families of the players are the backbone."

Association president Navneeda Gounder said they hosted a private reception for the players because their task for the season wasn't complete.

Gounder said they were eager to claim more titles this year.

"The turning point in the tournament was when we came back in the last 20 minutes from being down 2-0 against Lautoka to beat them 3-2," he said.

"We are geared up for the season and the aim is to win the National Football League. Last year there was a prolonged celebration for the Fiji FACT victory and we lost focus on the National League.

"We lost two games after the Fiji FACT and at the end that cost us the league title. It will not happen this time and it is back to training from Monday. We have matches against Rewa and Ba coming up."

The $15,000 prize money was shared among the players and team officials. They also received gift packs from Tappoo Group of Companies and Chicken Express.

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