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Manoca ABs win Rewa U16 League

The side walloped Combined Verata 8-2 in the final and earlier on in the semifinals beat Hakwa Sports 4-1.#Club president Michael Pratap was over the moon and congratulated the boys for their gallant performance.#“I must salute the boy’s performance they played their hearts out in every match,” he said.#Pratap said they had a very young team and some of the players were 10-year-olds.#“We fielded players from the age of 10 to 15 years and I commend Rewa Football Association for focusing on the development of football.#”We played a total seven games in the six-week league. Six clubs were taking part,” Pratap said.#”We were unbeaten. There was very good support from the parents and our sponsor Pratap Carriers.”#Rewa Football coach and league coordinator Marika Rodu said they had a very good start as the league went on for six weeks.#“Every week we saw lots of improvement in all the teams,“ he said.#Rodu said their main priority this year is to develop age group players.#“We had a good start with this and we are looking at having our own development programmes from the age of ten.#“We had six teams this year but we are confident more clubs will come in next year to be part of our development programme.”#Rodu said development work is not hard and we would do our best to work on the pathway we have set.#“We will not disturb the kids from their school work so similar competition will be organised next year.”#Rodu congratulated Manoca All Blacks and Combined Verata for playing entertaining football in the final.#Meanwhile, national Under-17 coach Shalen Lal praised Rewa Football Association for having the competition in their district.#“I was there last Saturday and was really impressed with the way Rewa organised the league.#“It was not only the players who were playing in the ground but the young ones from the age of 6 or 7 watching with their parents and were also playing outside.”#Lal said he had the opportunity to select players during the league.#“Yes I have selected one or two players and will call them for trials soon,” he added.#

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