April 09, 2021
The Naitasiri Under 19 team is looking to display good sportsmanship in the Skipper Cup this season after coming under the spotlight last year for player indiscipline issues.
Team Manager Kausheel Prasad said they will tolerate indiscipline and do not want to see a repeat of the incident whereby forward Keresi Maya got into himself into trouble for assaulting the match referee in their match against Tailevu.
“After what happened last year, we will leave it where it was and as it was. We will be moving forward after learning from the mistake of our player Keresi Maya raising his hands on the referee.”
“To avoid such scenarios, we had a one to one session with the players and have informed them about the rules and regulations. We basically don’t want to repeat the mistake that occurred last year in the Skipper match. The union has also got a disciplinary committee that looks at such incidents, behaviour of players, pressure sustained on the field and look at the players background also.”
The fellow Fijian manager said they have some new inclusions in the team when they face Northland in their first match tomorrow.
“The preparation is going well and the whole of the union is helping the young boys to develop. It’s a big hope for us that the union is providing us with the training kits so that the under 19 boys are well prepared on the field.
“Our coaches are looking at every aspect of the game because there are various areas the team began working on. We have got positive influence from the senior players who played last year and they continue to play this year also.”
“The new players are feeling comfortable with the senior ones and they are gelling well in the team. The young ones have settled in well and they are coping well since they were there but played the young grades. I also request the fans tio come in numbers and support the young highlanders,” Prasad added.
Naitasiri will face Northland at 1pm at Gatward Park in Tailevu.
By Romeka Romena