Dreketi faces top teams

THE Dreketi football team will fight for the prestigious Lloyd Farebrother trophy during the Courts Inter-District Championship (IDC) in October for the first time since its formation in the early 1990s.

Dreketi created history by moving to the premier division after defeating Nasinu in the Viti Levu/Vanua Levu senior division playoffs on the away goal rules.

With the victory, support has been pouring in for the Northerners.

Dreketi Football Association president Jai Karan said they were ready to play in the top flight. Karan said they had already started plans for the IDC.

“The transfer window will open in September and we will surely be recruiting players,” he said.

“It’s been a long time coming and we have finally made it to the premier level. A lot of hard work was put in and there were many sacrifices. The officials and players have done a marvellous job to get the team to this stage. Now we have to set up a strategic plan to maintain the team in the premier division.

“Savusavu and Nadogo have featured at this level but were not consistency and dropped back to the senior division. So we don’t want that to happen.”

Karan said support was gathering for the team.

“A few sponsors have come on board to boost the association,” he said.

“There are few fans from overseas who have pledged their support for the team.”

With the automatic promotion and demotion in place, Tailevu Naitasiri dropped down to the senior division after finishing at the bottom of the Galaxy Premier League points table.

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