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Injuries hamper Lautoka's BOG chances

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

INJURIES to key players have disrupted Lautoka's preparations for the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants semi-final against Ba.

Goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini and defender Iliesa Lino suffered knocks during the group stage at Govind Park last weekend.

The good news for the Blues is the return of sweeper Poasa Bainivalu from suspension.

Bainivalu received a one-match ban and a fine for elbowing Nadroga's John Rounds Jr.

Lautoka coach Lambert Sarju said there was less recovery time.

Sarju said the goalkeeping area was of concern because they only had one renowned stopper.

"We are hopeful that Bokini will be fully fit for the semi-final," he said.

"The match against Ba will be very tough. They are the in-form team and finished the group stage strongly beating Labasa 4-1.

"So it will be an uphill battle. We are on the rebuilding phase with many young boys.

"Lautoka hasn't won the tournament in a long time but we will not be putting pressure on the players. They will just go out there and give their 100 per cent."

Lautoka's only win in the tournament was back in 1985 with players such as Sam Work and Kelemedi Vosuga.

The side lost to Ba 3-1 in the final last year.

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