May 28, 2012
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Injured Tiwa out as Simi leads Fiji

By Sunil Sharma

A knee injury has forced Ba midfielder Malakai Tiwa out of the Fiji soccer squad preparing for the OFC Nations Cup to start this Saturday at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.

National team director Tarunesh Reddy said this is a blow to the side’s campaign.

“Tiwa has a lot of experience and he has the talent, the vision and the skills which would be an asset to the side,” Reddy said.

The Ba marksman was injured during their Vodafone Fiji FACT semi-final match against Lautoka.

“Till yesterday he was under the watch of our team physio and doctor. We are left with no choice as the physio has indicated that Tiwa will need a good break from football to fully recover.

“The team physio has informed us that he will not be fit by next week.”

Tiwa has been replaced by Rewa’s Ilisoni Logaivou whilst Ba’s Laisenia Raura, Labasa’s Akuila Mateisuva and Rewa’s Epeli Saukuru stand in as non-travelling reserves.

As expected, Simi Tamanisau will lead the side as captain and his Lautoka mate, Peni Finau named as his assistant.

Final 20-member Fiji senior men’s side
1. Simione Tamanisau (Goal Keeper) Lautoka (Captain)
2. Avinesh Waran Suwamy (Utility) Ba
3. Posiano Kalisito (Defender) Rewa
4. Samuela Vula (Defender) Suva
5. Taniela Waqa (Defender) Hekari-PNG
6. Alvin Singh (Utility) Ba
7. Pita Bolaitoga (Midfield) Hekari-PNG
8. Osea Vakatalesau (Striker)Ba
9. Alvin Avinesh (Midfield) Lautoka
10.Roy Krishna (Striker) Waitakere-NZ
11.Remeuru Tekiata (Defender) Ba
12.Ilaitia Tuilau (Defender) Hekari-PNG
13.Maciu Dunadamu (Striker) Hekari -PNG
14.Samuela Kautoga (Defender) Amicale-Vanuatu
15.Apisai Smith (Utility) Rewa
16.Archie Watkins (Striker) Nadroga
17.Peni Finau (Defender) Lautoka (Vice Captain)
18.Ilisoni Logaivau (Midfield) Rewa
19.Misaele Draunibaka (Midfield) Rewa
20.Beniaminio Mateinaqara (Goal Keeper) Nadi

Taranesh Reddy- National team Director/Fiji FA vice president
Juan Carlos Buzzetti- National Football Director /National Coach
Imdad Ali - National Senior Coach
Kamal Suwmay- Assistant National Senior Coach
Usenio Logaivau - Team Manager
Varoon Karan -Physio


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