THE Nadi College under-19 side is relying on a bunch of unknowns to sail them through to the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Football Championship which starts tomorrow at Govind Park in Ba.
The Western minnow is grouped with giants Nukuloa College, Labasa Muslim, Baulevu High and Nabua Secondary in the four-day tournament. Team technical adviser Navneet Mishra said they were not looking ahead of the pool games. He said they were wary of all the teams in their pool but more of Ba's Nukuloa and Labasa Muslim College.
Nukuloa College will have the core of the Vodafone Fiji U20 strike force in Narendra Rao, Samuela Nabenia and Saula Waqa. Labasa Muslim is expected to have majority of the Labasa Youth players.
"This is a new team. Many of the players in this team played football for the first time. The team however progressed steadily through the qualifiers," Mishra said.
Mishra thanked sponsors J Kevi, ATS and Tokoriki Island Resort for their support.
"It's good to have these sponsors on board. They have basically taken care of most of the expenses. It's quite an expensive exercise taking this team to Ba and I thank them for the support."
Nadi College which accommodates about 600 students has produced players such as Nadi district rep Mataiasi Toma who is expected to feature for Nadi Muslim in the U17 grade competition. The Nadi College U19 team is coached by Krishna Nilesh, the former Tavua College teacher.
"We are not looking too far ahead of us. For us, it's the pool games first before we turn our focus on the finals," Mishra added.