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Saraswati College to celebrate U19 victory

Arin Kumar
Monday, August 25, 2014

THE players and coaching staff of Saraswati College under-19 soccer side are eagerly waiting for Term 3 to begin.

On the first week of school, the side would celebrate their historic win at the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Football Championship with a march, prizegiving and lunch.

Team coach Nathan Shivam said it was a very proud moment for the school and they wanted to thank the players, teachers, parents and sponsors who were behind the team all the way.

The side lost their first match 1-5 to Kamil Muslim College, then bounced back to defeat Nawai Secondary 4-1, Drasa Secondary 2-0 and Naleba High 2-0.

In the quarter-finals, the side beat Nadi College 3-0 and then overcame Balata Secondary 3-0 in the semi-final after which they avenged their loss to Kamil Muslim with a 3-2 victory in the final.

"They were all down and felt as if we were out of the tournament (after first loss)," Shivam said.

"However, I told them that it was not the end of the tournament and world for us, and rushed back to camp.

"Then I made some positional changes and changed the formation to 3-5-2 and it worked out well in the second game against Nawai and we beat them 4-1 on the same day in the afternoon."

Shivam asked the players to stick to the game plan in the final and to keep possession and use depth of the field.

"Last year when we lost in both finals I told the boys that we were a good team but we did not prove it when it was time to prove it.

"And this year the players proved it when it was required. They also put up a grand performance against Drasa (defending champions)

"I would like to thank the following sponsors and people Shaheen Hussain of Canform, Faizal Shariff, Hamzah, Premila Devi Sharma, Rajesh Prakash of Quality Aluminium, Vishwa of Delta Timbers, Anand, Subhash Chand, Pak n Save, Lokia Shopping Centre, Nigel Khan, Fiji Shipping Services (Kumar), Navua Sangam and Navua Sangam Sports Club, school management, Vilimone Baledrokadroka and the parents of all the players for their support."

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