Ku­mar hits 3 in Navua’s win

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Navua’s Pra­neel Ku­mar sealed a cru­cial win for Navua as they thrashed Tailevu Naitasiri 4-1 in the Voda­fone Se­nior League at the Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion grounds yes­ter­day. Coach Mo­hammed Shafil said the win was im­por­tant if they wanted to re­main in a good po­si­tion at the end of round one. “This is just what we needed and I think all our hard work and ea­ger­ness to win was show­cased,” Shafil said. “I am happy with the per­for­mance, the boys played ac­cord­ing to our game plan and re­ally put their bod­ies on the line to pull a win. “There were some ar­eas where they lacked and could have done bet­ter but over­all I am proud of the boys and ex­tremely happy with the win.

“This puts us in a bet­ter po­si­tion on the ta­ble and the race is on now to com­pete for that top spot. “We need to, how­ever, work on our fit­ness, that is one area I think has let us down some­times es­pe­cially to­wards the end of the game.”

Ku­mar scored the first goal for Navua in the fourth minute but could not hold their lead as Tailevu/Naitasiri scored a per­fect goal to level things at half­time, 1-1. Navua shut out Tailevu/Naitasiri in the sec­ond spell as Ku­mar scored an­other two goals be­fore Ili­avi Ka­toni­bau scored the fourth goal to seal the win, 4-1. Mean­while, Tailevu Naitasiri coach Elvis Gounder said dis­ci­pline let the team down. “Dis­ci­pline ob­vi­ously let us down and the play­ers did not play ac­cord­ing to the game plan,” Gounder said. “If they want to win games they need to turn up to train­ing and work hard.”

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Navua team de­feated Tailevu\Naitasiri dur­ing the Voda­fone Se­nior League at Vatuwaqa yes­ter­day.

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