Change at­ti­tude, play­ers told

Fiji Sun - - Sports - JUS­TINE MAN­NAN

Tailevu/Naitasiri thrashed Tailevu North 4-0 in the Voda­fone Se­nior League at Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion head­quar­ters in Vatuwaqa yes­ter­day.

Roneel Ram scored the first goal for Tailevu/Naitasiri to lead 1-0 at half time but Tailevu North could not hold on as Kaushik Kumar, Shivneel Ram and Savirio Naqoli scored a each in the last 15 min­utes of the game. Coach Elvis Mukesh Gounder said the win was a re­lief but the play­ers need to change their at­ti­tude and step-up their game if they want to do well this sea­son. “We started off re­ally slow and only picked up in the last few min­utes of the game which is some­thing we need to work on,” Gounder said. “We lost fo­cus in the be­gin­ning and picked up and then lost it again and then got it back to­wards the end of the game; we need to re­main fo­cussed through­out the game not just only in some parts. “Though it was a good win, we have faced prob­lems with play­ers not turn­ing up to train­ing be­cause of the weather con­di­tions and also be­cause most of our play­ers stay far away and it is hard for them to at­tend train­ing ev­ery day. “So it has been hard for us but we know the fight isn’t over yet, we need to con­tinue re­build­ing our team and im­prove on our mis­takes for our next game.” Tailevu North coach Ramesh Chan­dra said he ex­pected this kind of per­for­mance, es­pe­cially since the team have not trained at all. “We re­spect Tailevu/Naitasiri and we know that they are a much ex­pe­ri­enced side hav­ing played against the big guns.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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