October 09, 2012
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Defender Maikali leads FACT champs

By Sunil Sharma

Rock-solid defender Simione Maikali has been chosen to lead Suva's campaign at the 2012 Inter District Championship in Ba this week.

The 29-year-old Waidradra native from Navua was picked ahead of former skipper Emori Ragata and Inosi Cava.

Fellow defenders Samuela Kautoga and Leone Damudamu were named the vice captains at the team's presentation last night at Garden City in Raiwaqa.

Coach Gurjit Singh said they decided to rotate the captaincy as Ragata had already led the team to victory in Fiji FACT.

"We want to give chance to the senior players to lead the team, so we have decided to appoint Simi as the captain while Leone and Samu Kautoga will be the vice captains," he said.

Having won the Fiji FACT at Govind Park earlier this season, Singh is confident of repeating the same feat this time around but is also aware of the pressure.

"We can repeat our Fiji FACT performance again in Ba and I have faith in my players," he said."But we are in a very tough pool and all teams will be out to win in the Pool and qualify for the semifinals so competition will be at its very best," he added.

Suva takes on Nadi tomorrow at 6pm in its first pool game.


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