Young reps for Ba’s ‘Men in Black’

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Osea Bola

The Ronil Kumar-coached Ba foot­ball team is bank­ing on young play­ers to rebuild for the fu­ture.

And a new look side will play Lau­toka in the Voda­fone Pre­mier League match at Churchill Park, Lau­toka today at 6pm.

Young bloods like Samisoni Waqab­uli, Sumeet Gounder, Mi­tieli Naiviro, Pe­celi Suk­ab­uli, Lorima Batir­erega Jr, Isikeli Se­vanaia and Junior Singh were in­stru­men­tal in the 5-3 vic­tory over Navua at the Fiji FA Academy ground last Satur­day.

Junior Singh is the younger brother of star striker Saula Waqa and Sanaila Waqan­i­cakau. Isikeli Se­vainaia is the son of for­mer Ba goal­keeper Isikeli Seva and Lorima Batir­erega Jr is the son of for­mer Ba and Lau­toka rep Lorima Batir­erega.

Ba team man­ager Ran­veer Singh said they were re­build­ing for the fu­ture as many for­mer play­ers had left for other dis­tricts.

“We have learnt a lot in terms of the com­bi­na­tion of the boys. The debu­tants rose to the oc­ca­sion as a lot of play­ers hav­ing moved to other dis­tricts..

“The match against Lau­toka will be tough com­pared to last week but the boys are ready to de­liver,’ Singh said.

An­other star in the mak­ing is Malakai Rere who is likely to start from the bench today.

The Men in Black has re­tained the services Solomon Is­land-born striker Darold Kakasi who was ru­mored to join Rewa.

“Darold re­sumed train­ing with the team on Mon­day. He is a vi­tal rep for Ba,” Singh said.

He added that Ba FA is wait­ing for for­mer Lau­toka rep Shamil Rao to join the side.

Ex-Ba rep to de­but for Blues

For­mer Ba/Nadi mid­fielder Malakai Rakula will make his de­but for Lau­toka against in the Voda­fone Pre­mier League showdown against Ba at Churchill Park today. The na­tional rep, who was in­stru­men­tal in the 2-2 draw against Nadi in a friendly at Prince Charles Park, Nadi last week, is set to go against his for­mer team.

The 28-year-old said noth­ing was im­pos­si­ble pro­vided the team plays to­gether and sticks to the game plan set by new head coach Ravi­nesh Kumar.

“It is a cru­cial match for the Blues at home, we need to win,” he said.

“I’ve played for Ba and look­ing for­ward to play against a new-look side.The Blues are a for­mi­da­ble team.

“We just have to stick to our game plan and we know the fans will be in full force. They de­serve a good match at home.”

Lau­toka Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Shal­en­dra Prasad con­firmed for­mer Fiji FA tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Ravi­nesh Kumar is the head coach.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Ba’s Sa­muela Dru­dru in con­trol against Navua’s Matthew Char­i­tar dur­ing the Voda­fone Pre­mier League at Fiji FA academy, Ba on July 11, 2020.

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