Change in fixtures frus­trates coach

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The con­stant changes in the Voda­fone Premier League fixtures for Suva is go­ing to have an ef­fect on their prepa­ra­tions for the Courts In­ter District Cham­pi­onship (IDC) which starts next week. Suva were ini­tially sched­uled to play Labasa at Ratu Cakobau Park, tonight but the game has been moved to Satur­day. Suva coach Gur­jit Singh said yes­ter­day the changes in the fixtures have af­fected his train­ing plan but they have no choice but to adapt to it. “I have set pro­grammes for my play­ers, we thought we were play­ing on Thurs­day so we had light train­ing on Mon­day and Tues­day and now we are play­ing on Satur­day, so I have to change all that,” Singh said. “It is quite frus­trat­ing hav­ing to change ev­ery­thing and we were hop­ing to have our game on Thurs­day so at least we have a few days to pre­pare be­fore the IDC next week. “The play­ers need proper rest and prepa­ra­tion time, es­pe­cially, when the IDC is start­ing in a few days from now. “De­spite the set­back the play­ers are do­ing well in train­ing and we have an ex­tra day to train so we should be do­ing well against Labasa. “Labasa is not al­ways an easy team to play against, they will be a tough op­po­nent and we will try to pull a pos­i­tive re­sult from this week­end’s game to give us a boost for the IDC.”

SINGH, DAMUDAMU JOIN WHITES

While Singh is not happy with the change in fixtures, he is happy with Labasa duo Ravi­nesh Karan Singh and Leone Damudamu who have been train­ing with the team. “It is good to have Ravi­nesh and Leone on the team, they have been train­ing with the boys and are do­ing well,” he said. “They have been part of Suva team be­fore so they are fa­mil­iar with what we do and they would not have any trou­ble fit­ting in with the play­ers.”

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar.

Suva striker Setereki Hughes (right) con­trols the ball dur­ing train­ing at the Fiji FA ground in Vatuwaqa, Suva.

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