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Rewa prefers underdog

Arin Kumar
Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE Rewa football side has accepted the underdog tag as it prepares to face Suva in the semi-final of the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants soccer tournament.

The Southern Division neighbours will face off at 3pm at the ANZ Stadium in the first semi-final after which western neighbours Ba and Lautoka take the field at 5pm.

Both Rewa and Suva finished their pool games unbeaten at Ba's Govind Park and while the Capital City side finished on top of their pool, the Delta Tigers were second in their pool because of goal difference.

Rewa coach Marika Rodu said the match would be one that the crowd would enjoy.

"I think Suva is the best team in the country right now and it would be an uphill battle for us right from the first whistle," he said.

"Suva is the only team we have not beaten this season and it would be another tough match on Saturday between us."

Epeli Saukuru and Shelvin Prasad are the two players in the Rewa side who are racing against time to be fit for the game.

"The two sustained injuries in the pool stages but it's nothing major and with the right amount of rest, they should be ready to play on Saturday."

Rodu praised his veteran goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau for his efforts in preventing teams from scoring against the side. Rewa was the only side that did not concede a single goal in the pool stages of the competition.

"He (Tamanisau) played his part in the team like any other player.

"And that is what you expect from a goalkeeper, to prevent goals from being scored."

Rodu added he won't put any pressure on the side before they take the field against Suva.

"What I will do is lift the pressure on the team by telling them to go out on the field and to enjoy the soccer that they play just like they did in the pool stages.

"They performed well in the pool stages and I am sure they will enjoy the semi-finals as well."

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