Sami to take over as Nadi coach

FORMER national coach and Labasa rep Anand Sami will guide the Nadi team next season.

Sami, who coached Tavua during the Courts Inter District Championship last month, has agreed to mentor the Jack’s Nadi side in the 2018 Oceania Champions League and the local tournaments.

“At this stage I came to train them for the Pacific Cup,” Sami said.

“I have been doing the analysis of the players for next year as I’m taking the coaching role for 2018.”

Nadi is defending the Pacific Cup title and is aiming to make it three victories in a row. Sami who has an open mind said new players would be given a chance to showcase their talents.

“I haven’t seen the whole team together yet because some of the players are based in New Zealand while the others were in the national camp,” Sami said.

“So we could not get the team bonding together. For the young boys if they don’t go out and play, they won’t get the experience.

“We need to have faith in the players. We need to give the new faces game time. If they don’t play and just sit on the reserve bench then they will never be able to improve. I always believe to give the players a chance to play.”

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