Suva wary of Lautoka

The Suva football players warming up before their training at the Fiji Football Association grounds in Vatuwaqa, Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Suva football team is bracing for a tough challenge against Vodafone Lautoka Blues on Friday in the 2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Team manager Mohammed Zahid Erfan said the team stood a good chance in the tournament.

He said Lautoka players had been boosted by their experience from the past two weekends of playing in the OFC Champions League finals against Wellington FC from New Zealand. “We have been training for two weeks and the players have blended well.

They are also confident,” he said.

“We are grateful to national coach Christophe Gamel for helping us and assist the boys spice up some of their skills. “Training has been intense for the past days as we try to move up our tempo. “We have been focusing on our fitness and individual skills.”

Erfan said majority of the players were former Rewa reps.

“These players have done the hard yards and they are ready to deliver.”

Full fixtures: Day 1- 1.30pm- Nadi vs Tavua (GB), 3.30pm- Official Opening, 4pm- Labasa vs Dreketi (GA), 6pm- Suva vs Lautoka (GB), 8pm- Rewa vs Ba (GA) Day 2- 12noon- Suva vs Tavua (GB), 2pm- Dreketi vs Rewa (GA), 4pm- Lautoka vs Nadi (GB), 6pm- Ba vs Labasa (GA) Day 3- 11am- Lautoka vs Tavua (GB), 1pm- Ba vs Dreketi (GA), 3pm- Nadi vs Suva (GB), 5pm- Rewa vs Labasa (GA) Day 4- Semifinal 1- Winner Group A vs Runner Up Group B Semi-final 2- Winner Group B vs Runner Up Group A Day 5- final- winner semi-final 1 vs winner semi-final 2.