May 24, 2018
Usaia Tadu will be the oldest player on the field at the 2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT but the Dreketi defender is more than determined to give his best and guide the Northerners well from the back.
Tadu, 38, was part of Rewa’s winning team in last edition of the tournament in Nausori and his experience will be vital for the Johan Leewai coached side as they aim to create a few upsets in the tournament.
Leewai says having Tadu is a plus for them as he is a great motivator both on and off the field of play.
“He is a veteran but plays like a young boy as he is still fit and has a lot to offer. He guides the young players very well and is a great leader and often leads by example.”
"Dreketi will surely be out to create some upsets. We have never qualified for the semis and it will be good to register some points in pool matches and see how we go."
"We have a good mix of young and experienced players and should give our opponents a good and tough challenge in Fiji FACT."
Apart from Tadu, Dreketi will also have the services of former Labasa, Rewa, Suva and Navua striker Thomas Vulivuli.
Vulivuli, 37, makes a return to competitive football after some time and will feature at either right-back or centre-back.
While Dreketi’s defence has the experience, their midfield and strike force comprises of a lot of young, creative and skillful players.
Former Fiji U20 rep Akeimi Ralulu is expected to control play in central midfield with Shamal Lal, Mohammed Yaseen and Shoel Khan providing support on the flanks.
Anish Khem will lead the strike force with new-find Inia Vetaukula and Vilikesa Sowani while Apisai Sesewa, Joseva Bolakivei and Peni Sokia are likely to be used as impact attackers from the bench.
Dreketi opens its campaign against Labasa at 4pm tomorrow.
Dreketi- Petero Tamaniabo, Osea Lautiki, Josefa Bolakivei, Sisa Valesua, Daniel Dass, Setareki Sokoiwasa, Vilikesa Sowani, Thomas Vulivuli, Shamal Lal, Anish Khem, Apisai Sesewa, Akeimi Ralulu Mohammed Issac, Usaia Tadu, Inia Vetaukula, Abinesh Chand, Peni Sokia, Shoel Khan, Mohammed Yaseen, Rusiate Doidoi, Sailasa Vosaicake, Benedito Caginiveisaga.
By Reginald Chandar