WHAT THE COACHES SAY

(Ba coach Salen Lal on their Friday night’s clash against Lautoka at Churchill Park, Lautoka)
“I am not predicting anything but the result will be known after the match on Friday. We respect Lautoka as they are a good side and playing football on the best pitch in the country will be enjoyable. We have prepared well and will keep our consistency from the last match. We need to keep our form and players are reminded about the importance of playing and winning each game.”
(Rewa coach Marika Roduas they prepare for their clash against the unbeaten Nadi side)
It’s going to be a very tough match and a lot of pressure is on me af- ter our 4-1 loss to Ba, which hasmade us work harder. The heat factor will surely affect our performance as we have been training under floodlights. Last week we managed to hold Ba in the first spell but the heat affected our players and lost their concentration in the match. We are preparing well and we will improve our performance from last match.
(Labasa coach Bal Sanju Reddy on their clash against Tailevu/Naitasiri on Friday night at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori and again on Sunday they take on Suva at the ANZ Stadium).
“I think playing Tailevu/Naitsiri will be tough game as they drew against Nadroga last week. We are preparing well for the two away matches and I’ve worked on the mentality of the players for most days. All our players are training and are keen to keep the unbeaten record. As for Suva, we they will be hungry for a win after they drew against Nadi last weekend. As the defending champions they will come prepared against us and we respect Suva but at the same time we will give them a tough time.”
(Tailevu/Naitasiri coach Elvis Goundar as they prepare to tackle Labasa on Friday night)
“I think the match against Labasa will be a tough one. Labasa is playing in the Super Premier Division for a long and we will go in as underdogs. We played against them in the IDC and lost 2-1. Our players are improving game by game and all are training hard. We have worked on our mistakes and the players are told about the importance of this match. We will do our best to make our fans happy and I do urge them to come out in numbers to support the team.”
(Nadi coach Pranesh Amarsee as they take on Rewa at Prince Charles Park on Sunday)
“We will try to beat our first game margin. We will be playing 3-5-2 formation and if Ba can give Rewa, four goals then why can’t we give them more because the weather will be in our favour. With our strong wall Benaminio Mateinaqara (goalkeeper) back we are definitely taking thismatch seriously”
(Lautoka coach Lambert Sarju talks about their chances against Ba in Friday night’s show-
down)
“The loss to Labasa last week had motivated our players to re-store some pride to their home fans. The Men-in-Black will be a tough nut to break after being un-beaten so far this season. We have beaten our arch rival in last year’s BOG and IDC tournaments but would not rest on their laurels in this weekend’s feature game. Ba is an inform team after playing in the CvC and they are on a high after winning against Rewa last week. They have regrouped very well and it will be very tough for us. But we are trying to go for a win after our loss to Labasa last week as we need to satisfy our fans by giving them a win.”
Avikash Chand
Fiji FA Media

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