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Ba not ready to appoint new coach

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, September 01, 2014

BA will not appoint a new coach anytime soon but invest in a technical adviser.

The Men in Black has been without a mentor following the suspension of veteran Yogendra Dutt in July.

Ba Football Association secretary Iliaz Khan said they would continue to work on the structure in place to bring the team back to its glory days.

"We are not looking at that direction (new coach) at the moment. Probably we will get a technical adviser just to advise us on our weaknesses and strengths," Khan said.

Ba which lost to Suva in the third place playoff in the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants was unlucky to bomb out in the semi-final against Lautoka.

Khan said they were in the rebuilding phase as many of their senior players had left the team.

He also welcomed criticism on the team's performance lately adding they would come back stronger in the next tournament.

"We are on building phase at the moment. We've got lots of youth and couple of senior players as we have lost more than nine senior players throughout the year. But we will come back.

"We ask the soccer loving fans to bear with us and we will deliver the goods in due time," Khan said.

"Those who are criticising us, we take your criticism positively and use it as our strength to build our team for future games.

"We will be focusing on our national league games although we know the preparation time will be less but we will deliver in this short time."

Ba which is second on the national league points table with 22 points has matches against Labasa, Navua and Suva.

"On behalf of Ba football and the board members, I would like to thank the players. We are happy with the way they played," Khan added.

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