Two contrasting outcomes
Pranil Ram , Nadi
The recent outing in the first game of the OFC by two of our district teams produced two different outcomes. Suva exceptionally did well, keeping in mind Team Wellington’s achievement, which included last year’s OFC losing finalist and recently winning New Zealand’s domestic competition and that too beating Pacific’s powerhouse Auckland City. Suva were competitive in most part of the game only to give away two quality goals in the last 20 minutes. They also created and had their chances. They were quite competitive. Both of our teams almost faced team with similar style of play.
While both lost their games the notable difference was the score margin. Nadi seemed to be in for a complete mismatch and had a good soccer lesson to learn. The game clearly showed they lacked structure badly. While cyclone and flooding could have hindered their preparations, however poor performance under the guise of cyclone and flooding is not acceptable. In fact these events should be inspiring them to do better. It may be not right to comment too soon while two matches are left. Let’s see what strategies do coaches and players adopt to bring back some lost pride.