Blues Miss Mid­field Gen­eral

Lautoka Football sus­pends Dave Radri­gai for 3 years

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Stylish mid­fielder Dave Radri­gai has been slammed with a three-year sus­pen­sion by the Lautoka Football Associatio­n. This was con­firmed to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day Lautoka FA act­ing pres­i­dent Rakesh Ku­mar.

“The dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee has made their de­ci­sion and Dave is sus­pended from all level of foot

ball,” he said.

“Al­though we’ll miss Dave dur­ing the INKK Mo­bile Bat­tle of the Gi­ants tour­na­ment since he is our key player but we have to main­tain dis­ci­pline in the side.

“Dis­ci­pline is very im­por­tant if a team is to be suc­cess­ful.” Ku­mar said the Blues are happy that striker star Sa­muela Dru­dru has with­drawn his trans­fer ap­pli­ca­tion for Nadi and is now a sure starter for the B.O.G.

“The re­turn of na­tional reps like Dru­dru, goal­keeper Be­ni­amino Mateinaqar­a and mid­fielder Zi­braaz Sahib have strength­ened our prepa­ra­tions. “We’ve had a good prepa­ra­tions for the B.O.G and are looking for­ward to our first game.” Lautoka are in Group B where they take on neigh­bours Nadi, hosts Rewa and Nas­inu.

Former na­tional football cap­tain Tagi Vono­lagi is back as the in­terim coach of the Nas­inu football team for the B.O.G. Vono­lagi was one of the main stay of the Nas­inu football side when they got pro­moted to the Premier divi­sion.

The star goal­keeper led Nas­inu to win the 1990 In­ter­dis­trict Cham­pi­onship un­der the pres­i­dent Ashok Bal­go­vind.

Yes­ter­day, Vono­lagi was train­ing goal­keep­ers Jo­saia Ratu and Vil­iame Sivo at the Fiji FA Acad­emy ground in Vatuwaqa, Suva. Dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow, Ratu moved to Nas­inu from Ba while Sivo left Navua. The Suva football team ar­rive into the Cap­i­tal City to­day.

The Whites are un­der coach Ka­mal Swamy have been camp­ing in Nadi to pre­pare for the B.O.G.

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