Fiji Football Association’s North Development Officer Iosefo Vosoboto has been given the opportunity to guide the Babasiqa Lions in defending the 2017 Courts Inter District Championship title.
Speaking to Fiji FA Media, Vosoboto said he was blessed to coach the defending champions.
“I have been part of the Vodafone national team as goalkeeper and coaching a Premier division is just a blessing for me, “he said.
Vosoboto said the preparation is going well and the boys are looking forward for the start of the tournament.
“Our preparation is going very well with some new players and those from our youth team as well.”
“We have four youth players training with the team and they are gelling well with the senior players.”
Vosoboto said there was no difficulty in coaching Labasa team the modern style of football.
“The boys are eager to learn as they all are very good footballers and I am just working on the combination with some new players.”
The former national goalkeeper said defending the tournament would not be an easy task.
“This is because every team is preparing well and have qualified coaches.”
He said they would do the best to defend the title and the players and official were working very hard.
“We will do our best to defend our title as the morale in camp is high and the players are looking forward for the tournament,”Vosoboto said.
He reiterated that they would be taking each game at a time.
“We respect all teams and playing Ba in our first match will be tough but we will do our best to tackle them. We will not take Dreketi lightly in our second match and our third match is against Rewa and we know Rewa is a very good team but we will do our best to beat them,”Vosoboto said.
Labasa has won the tournament for four times and were runner-up three times. They first won the tournament in 1992 and again in 1994, 2011 and 2016.
The 2017 Courts Inter District Championship will be played at Churchill Park in Lautoka from October 10-15.