Two con­trast­ing out­comes

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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.

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