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Nadi expects fireworks

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE Kamal Swamy-coached Nadi team will be out to break an 18-year-old jinx at the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants which starts at Govind Park in Ba tomorrow.

Nadi faces defending champions Ba in the opening Group B game at 7.30pm tomorrow.

The Shop N Save-sponsored side has been boosted by Nike boots gifts for the tournament from Tappoo.

The team also donned the Nike brand during their Fiji FACT victory in June.

Nadi team director Javed Ahmed said they were aiming to maintain their momentum during the second major tournament of the season.

Ahmed said they were grateful to all the sponsors for having faith in the team.

"The boys have been training hard and are confident of doing wonders at the tournament," he said.

"Last year we did well winning the Fiji FACT and then the Pacific Cup in New Zealand. We lost in the Inter District Competition final to Ba.

"The BOG was the only tournament where the team performed well below expectations as we failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

"So this time the team is focused on using last year's failure as a motivation to win the tournament.

"Ba is the favourite and we expect fireworks from the opening whistle because there is a lot of rivalry between the two teams."

Benaminio Mateinaqara, Eliki Ravosai, Amani Makoe, Krishna Sami, Samuela Drudru, Napolioni Qasevakatini and Rusiate Matarerega will be the key players for the Jetsetters.

Ahmed expects a large number of Nadi fans to travel to Govind Park for the feature match of day one.

Nadi last won the BOG title back in 1996.

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