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Academy players learn from experience

The Academy side took an early lead in the 8th minute after Ratu Dau neatly beat the Rewa defence and placed the ball out of goalkeeper Apete Ravouvou’s reach.
The Baby Tigers showed their worth in the second half when striker Mohammed Taslim got his name on the score sheet with a powerful drive past goalkeeper Mohammed Alzar.
Rewa Youth kept their six years unbeaten record in the Vodafone National Youth League and are currently sitting on top of the points table.
Academy coach Shalen Lal said the boys gained a lot of confidence playing in a curtain raiser in front of a big crowd.
“The boys played for the first time outside the academy. It was a good outing for them to get the outside exposure,” he said.
“The people were also able to see the preparation we are doing in the lead-up to the qualifiers in Tahiti.
Lal said the players enjoyed the match and both teams played well.
The former national and Ba rep said more they would play more build-up matches against Rewa because they are a very good opponent.
“We want to play more games to get exposure and gain more confidence and the competition committee did a good job by having us in the tournament.
“We will take all the learning from the match and continue with the preparation.
“I am able to assess that we need a lot of hard work in our defence. The boys need to step up so they can be named in the squad in December.”
He said striker Dau has been very impressive in all the matches he played and has been scoring goals.
“Dau was a midfielder and we gave him new role as striker and he is doing very well in front and is a star in the making.”
The Under-17 World Cup qualifiers will be held in Tahiti in January, next year.

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