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Winning start for defending Champion

And a delightful Nadi coach –Kamal Swamy says the victory was a vital one heading into the remainder of the Vodafone Fiji FACT. #“We have got the three points and that is a great achievement. First game is always the hardest in any tournament. Navua had some good players which made our side work hard and I’m pleased with how my players reacted.” #With the wet weather providing a huge challenge Nadi and Navua sides approached the match cautiously. #Faced by immense pressure to defend their title Nadi seeked an early lead but were denied by the strong Navua defence. #Nadi faced a major blow in the clash as ace striker Jone Salauneune left the field injured but his teammate Samuela Drudru did not disappoint as he struck the match winning goal four minutes from the final whistle.#Despite the win, Swamy says their second group match against Lautoka will be another important one. #“Our group is still wide open and anything can happen. Our next match is a very crucial one and we need to win to stay in contention,” Swamy said. #Nadi is expected to add further strength to their squad tomorrow with the return of Rahul Krishna. #Saiyad Ali, the Navua head coach says they need to leave behind the result of their first clash and focus ahead. #“We will going back to the drawing board to see what went wrong. We conceded a goal in the dying stages of the match and end of the day the better team won,” he said. #Ali believes not utlising the recent local competition break may have come in as a huge contributing factor towards their campaign. #“I think the boys played well despite heading into this event with a huge disadvantage compared to Nadi. Nadi has been playing in the Oceania Champions League and some other competitive games but Navua did not play for the last two months,” he added. #Navua plays the opening match of day two of the Vodafone against Suva tomorrow 11.30am while Nadi battle Lautoka 5pm in a Western derby. #2014 Vodafone Fiji FACT #Match One: Friday June 20, 2014#Full Time: Nadi 1 B.Prasad Navua 0 #Nadi Goal: Samuela Drudru 86’#Nadi Cautions: Vuniuci Tikomaimereke 56’, Amani Makoe 58’, Mataiasi Toma 70’ #Navua Caution: Rajnesh Raju 90+2’#1pm Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori#Nadi#Nadi: 22. Beniaminio Mataniqara (GK), 4. Shafim Buksh, 7. William Valentine, 9. Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, 10. Jone Salauneune, 11. Ilimotama Jese, 13. Lekima Gonerau, 14. Samuela Drudru, 15. Napalioni Qasevakatini, 16. Amani Makoe, 18. Eliki Ravosai#Substitutes: 1. Vereti Dickson (GK), 3. Semesa Muadonu, 5. Philipe Baravilala, 6. Ratu Inia Bainivalu, 12. Ame Votoniu, 17. Jolame Vukivuki, 20. Mataiasi Toma#Coach Kamal Swamy#Navua:#Navua: 1. Tevita Koroi (GK), 2. Praneel Kumar, 3. Rohit Chand, 4. Seveci Rokotakala, 5. Inoke O’ Conner, 9. Sailosi Livatalo, 12. Nasir Hussein, 14. Vineet Chand, 15. Rajnesh Raju, 18. Isekeli Naula, 17. Sheik Moshin#Substitutes: 6. Leon Fong Toy, 8. Nathan Shivam, 11. Pranil Chand, 13. Rizwan Ali, 16. Filipe Manuku, 20. Iliavi Katonibau, 22. Dominiko Voreqe#Coach: Saiyad Ali # Fiji FA MEDIA #

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