May 06, 2012
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Rokotakala happy as Salauneune is in doubt

By Sunil Sharma

Navua football defender Seveci Rokotakala left Churchill Park with a smile on his face after Ba side to a 1-all draw in their opening Vodafone Fiji FACT encounter this afternoon.

Speaking to FijiLive, Rokotakala said playing against Ba and holding them to a draw on his tournament debut as coach and player “is totally amazing.”

“We know what caliber of football the Ba players play and when a team like Navua does produce this kind of result it is always awesome,” a proud Rokotakala said.

When asked what message was relayed to the players before the start of the game Rokotakala said his advise was to them was “to enjoy your football.”

“Simple soccer and played with a lot of enjoyment will not pose a lot of pressure,” he said.

Navua have the former Navua rep George Singh providing the needed technical expertise for the Southerners.

Singh, originally from Koronubu, Ba currently resides in Australia and played for Navua in 1992.

Ba vice president, Iliyaz Khan said as usual Ba could have won the game had they started well and their strikers capitalised on their chances.

“Chances were created but the players upfront did not capitalise on that well, but we are satisfied with the result,” Khan said.

Striker, Jone Salauneune who scored the equaliser for Ba had to be substituted into the latter stages of the game because of an injury.

“He has been seen by our physio. We will have to wait for the results before we can comment on his chances and his recovery time.”


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