Nas­inu Foot­ball Boss Calls For $$$ Sup­port

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The Nas­inu Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent O’Neil Lal Chand is call­ing on their sup­port­ers to turn up in full force in tonight’s INKK Mo­bile Bat­tle of the Giants semi-fi­nal clash against Labasa at Churchill Park, Lau­toka. He told Fiji FA Me­dia yes­ter­day that the team’s suc­cess has made the Nas­inu community proud.

“We want to make ev­ery­one proud by win­ning the ti­tle and this can only hap­pen with the sup­port of fans and busi­ness houses,” he said. “There are so many busi­nesses in Nas­inu and if they give one hun­dred dol­lars each it will boost the morale of team es­pe­cially when in the semi­fi­nals.”

Chand said they have try­ing hard but the re­sult has been dis­ap­point­ing.

“I’ve been go­ing around beg­ging, call­ing and mes­sag­ing for fi­nan­cial sup­port from the busi­ness houses but there has been no favourable re­sponse.”

He said they are help­less but at heart they are not go­ing to give up as they want to give the best to the play­ers.

“We need the sup­port of oth­ers in or­der for us to achieve our goal by win­ning the B.O.G ti­tle for the first time,” Chand added.

Nas­inu in­terim coach Tagi Vono­lagi is bank­ing on cap­tain Joseph Mishra, lanky de­fender Leone Da­mu­damu and Manasa Le­vaci. The play­ers had played for Labasa and come in handy for this cru­cial clash.

The Babasiga Li­ons have been im­pres­sive after beat­ing de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ba 2-0 dur­ing pool play. The match kicks-off at 6.30pm.

BLUES COACH CON­FI­DENT

It’s go­ing to be the bat­tle of two cities when Suva face Lau­toka in tonight’s INKK Mo­bile Bat­tle of the Giants semi­fi­nals at Churchill Park, Lau­toka.

Lau­toka coach Angi­nesh Prasad said they have a squad which is a mix­ture of youth and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

He said veteran play­ers like goal­keeper Be­ni­amino Mateinaqar­a, Jone Ve­sikula, Zi­braaz Sahib, Sa­muela Dru­dru, Dave Radri­gai, and Ben­jamin To­tori hold the team to­gether when the go­ing gets tough.

“We are a strong and har­mo­nious team,” Prasad told Fiji FA Me­dia.

The young coach has been tasked on im­prov­ing play­ers’ skills. Prasad took the chal­lenge to coach Lau­toka after Ka­mal Swami left to join Suva. Lau­toka have won the B.O.G ti­tle twice but played in seven fi­nals while Suva will be out to end its 24year drought.

The Cap­i­tal City side last won the B.O.G in 1995.

The Suva FA of­fi­cials un­der the pres­i­dency of Ritesh Pratap have worked tire­lessly to win the B.O.G. They have ca­pa­ble play­ers like Re­meura Taki­ata, Epeli Leiroti, Waisake Navu­nigsau, Filipe Bar­avi­lala in de­fence while mid­field­ers Shahil Dave, Iosefo Verevou, Nickel Chand, Kaliova Tivulu, Mad­hwan Goundar and strik­ers Ivan Kumar, Sairusi Nalaubu, Apenisa Anare, Christo­pher Wasasala.

They have top goal­keep­ers of Simione Ta­man­isau and Emori Raqata. The Cap­i­tal City side moved its camp to Nadi with an aim to win the B.O.G ti­tle.

The clash starts at 8.30pm.

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar.

Nas­inu foot­ball goal­keeper Jo­saia Ratu dur­ing train­ing in Suva on Au­gust 8, 2019. Ratu put on a ster­ling per­for­mance when they up­set Nadi 1-0 dur­ing the INKK Mo­bile Bat­tle of the Giants.

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