21 August, 2014, 12:00 am
LAUTOKA will be banking on their senior players such as Alvin Avinesh, Jone Vonu Junior and Zibraaz Sahib to spark its campaign at the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants at Govind Park in Ba tomorrow.
The Blues haven’t had a good 2014 season and were forced to bring in Lambert Sarju to replace Dennis Singh as coach after dismal outings in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League and the Vodafone Fiji FACT.
Kavaia Rawaqa, Ratu Josefata Dugucagi, Isikeli Jeke, Poasa Bainivalu, Maika Waqa, Edward Justin, Jone Nailogi, Leisari Qalica and Iliesa Lino are the other players who have earned game time at the Super Premier level.
Sarju said the others had been on and off the field. “Our young goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini is getting game time this season,” he said.
“If you really look at the experienced players, then there are only a few in the squad. At training the focus has been on finishing. The players have not been scoring in the matches.
Lautoka will take on Navua after the official opening ceremony at 5.30pm. The Blues, who lost to Ba 3-1 in the final last year, have not won the BOG title since 1985.
Sarju said there were a lot of expectations from the fans but the pressure should not be put on the players.
The BOG kicks off with the under-16 matches at 10.30am.