Fiji Sun : 2020-08-06

SPORTS : 37 : 37


FIJI SUN | THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ 37 SPORTS Simi, 38, still strong in his 22nd B.O.G Everything will fall into place if one is spirituall­y fit and prepared-Tamanisau “Every team has prepared well, we cannot say which team is going to win,” he said. “Our coach has prepared our team well, and the players are mentally prepared and I hope come Friday we will have a good match,” Tamanisau added. While players’ mentality is paramount, it goes with fitness and faith. “Mental preparatio­n is basically one of the important tools for any football player to prepare for any game as well as physically. Everything will fall into place if one is spirituall­y fit and prepared,” he said. Rewa is pooled with Lautoka, Nadi and Navua. “I think it’s going to be a good tournament, and I’m asking the Rewa fans to come out in numbers and support the team,” he said. He is confident national football coach, Flemming Serrtislev will lift the standard of football in Fiji. “Football has been progressin­g and with the current coach, we hope we will get to where we want. New style, new experience and I hope we will progress from there,” Tamanisau said. SEREANA SALALO SUVA S piritual wellbeing is the backbone of everything and that’s what keeps Simione Tamanisau going. The veteran national and Rewa goalkeeper made the comment as he prepares for his 22nd Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament which kicks off at Churchill Park, Lautoka tomorrow. He started playing as a 16-year old in 1998 for Rewa, Tamanisau said it was his faith and passion for football that had brought him this far. Originally from Naisomua, Verata, Tailevu, he was born and bred at his mother’s village in Batinikama, Labasa, Macuata. “I grew up in Labasa and it is where I developed my football passion from,” he said. “I started playing in 1998 and still going on now and attribute this to my reverence for the Lord and the passion for the game.” He debuted for Rewa before joining Edited by Osea Bola other district teams including Navua, Lautoka and Suva. Now at 38, he believes his Delta Tigers will perform to expectatio­ns when they face Hyperchem Lautoka tomorrow. Feedback: 5850 fans only at B.0.G No careFiji app no entry, fans with no smartphone­s to produce photo IDMohammed Yusuf SEREANA SALALO SUVA F ans must adhere to COVID – 19 protocols if they want to watch the Punjas Battle of the Giants (B.O.G) tournament. Fiji Football Associatio­n (Fiji FA) chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf issued the timely reminder before the much awaited tournament kicks off tomorrow. The B.O.G will be staged at Lautoka’s Churchill Park which holds a capacity for 11,700 spectators. However, as per Government’s policy, only 50 per cent of fans are allowed. “That’s the regulation and we will only sell 5850 tickets ,” Yusuf said. “We’ve requested the discipline­d forces, our security personnel and social responsibi­lity teams to ensure the COVID-19 protocols are followed. “We want everybody to comply with the rules, no arguments. “We will make sure that the careFiji app will be sited at the gate, no app no entry,” he added. The careFIJI app is Fiji’s COVID-19 tracing app. Yusuf indicated the Fiji FA would be providing Wifi at the gate for those who would like to download the app before the games. He urges fans to work hand in hand with them for everyone’s safety. “Those not complying will not be allowed into Churchill Park,” he said. “For those with no smartphone­s, they will need to produce a photo id, for all the details to be entered in the log book.” The pool games will start on Friday until Sunday August 9. The semifinals and final will be played on the following weekend. The ticket price for Pavilion A will be $15 for adults and children Under-12 $7. Pavilion B will $12 for adult and children U12 will be $5 while on the embankment its $6 and $2. Edited by Osea Bola Feedback:

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