Nasinu Football Boss Calls For $$$ Support
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.
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.