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Nadi wins at home

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, July 27, 2014

THE Kamal Swamy-coached Nadi side maintained its second placing in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League after beating Navua 3-0 at Prince Charles Park yesterday.

Nadi went into the match as the favourites but failed to spark.

It wasn't the same performance which they displayed against defending champions Ba in their last game.

The uneven ground conditions also affected the game plan of both teams.

Navua with the presence of Seveci Rokotakala and Siga Ali rarely threatened Nadi goalkeeper Benaminio Mateinaqara.

Nadi scored early from the penalty spot and then claimed two late goals to seal victory.

Swamy said injuries to players after the tough match against Ba had hindered their preparations during the week.

"We need to work on our ball possession and the boys need to be more confident when they have the ball at their feet," he said.

"There were some niggling injuries after the Ba game. Also the ground condition wasn't that great.

"We have a break and the boys should be able to recover before the upcoming games against Suva and Nadroga."

Rokotakala who captained the Southerners said they were forced to look for last minute replacements because of injuries to some senior players.

He said Nadi won the match through their experience.

"We were lucky to rope in the youth players to cover for the senior players who sustained injuries in the last game against Suva," the former national rep said.

"The surface was very hard and bumpy and it was hard to adapt."

Nadi opened its account in the 11th minute after Samuela Drudru was tripped inside box.

Mateinaqara stepped up to blast the ball past a diving Dominiko Voreqe.

Napolioni Qasevakatini's corner kick headed in by William Valentine in the 72nd minute while Semesa Muadonu netted the third in the 82nd minute.

Navua: Domoniko Voreqe, Seveci Rokotakala, Vineet Chand, Iliavi Katonibau, Sheik Moshin, Rajnesh Raju, Marika Waqanibau, Siga Ali, Pranil Chand, Akesh Kumar.

Nadi: Benaminio Mateinaqara, Ilimotama Jese, Eliki Ravosai, Shafim Buksh, Amani Makoe, Semesa Muadonu, Rusiate Matarerega, Samuela Drudru, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Ame Votoniu.

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