Nadi prefers underdog status at giants battle

Nadi's Vereti Dickson goes in high for a save against Lautoka during their clash at Churchill Park. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

The Nadi football team prefers to be tagged as the underdogs during the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament.

“We have lost four games during the VPL which means that we will not be taking any team lightly. We will take one game at a time and see how it goes during the pool stages,” said the Nadi football team’s head coach Kamal Swamy.

The All In One Builders-sponsored Jetsetters head coach lamented the team’s numerous scoring opportunities in all the team’s losses during the 2020 Vodafone Premier League’s first round of matches.

“Finishing is a definite problem with the team right now. We create so many chances but are unable to finish. I have been working on rectifying those mistakes. The team has to concentrate on playing football. Doing the basics right. It is about capitalising on the goal scoring chances, however minimum”.

When probed about the team’s first pool opponents, the Korovuto College head of PEMAC department stated Navua will be coming into the tournament with a lot of confidence after recording a deserved win against giant-killers, Nasinu.

“It will be a tough battle and definitely not a walk over. Navua is a strong team. Looking at our performance so far, I can say that Navua will start as favourites; especially after their stellar performance against Nasinu last week, they had beaten Ba prior to that match so we are wary of Navua.”

“We need to work harder; work in formations and systems where we can have good tactical play to win a game.”

Swamy said while the Nadi fans were yearning for a BOG title win, he has requested them to be patient.

“I need to work with the team. The players are giving their 100 per cent however the fans should be patient. Please continue supporting the team.

“We are working together to field a formidable team at the BOG.”

The group stages will be held from August 7-9 at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

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