May 26, 2021
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Draunibaka works on perfecting goal scoring

Rewa’s left footed striker Misaele Draunibaka is working on his finishing before the resumption of round 7 of the Digicel Premier League.

Draunibaka, who made a comeback for the Delta Tigers last year in the Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament in Lautoka has not been able to name a goal.

“I’m currently at home in Samabula and doing my personal training on my finishing area which I really have to improve on. I’m really sad for the fact that being a striker I have not been scoring goals.”

“As a striker we have separate training and currently I’m spending more time on my speed and kicking. Speed is really necessary in soccer and it’s the foremost necessity a striker needs to have. I believe taking shots was a bit not as I expected and that’s number two part I’m training on.”

Draunibaka, who took some time off from soccer in 2019 made a strong return and dedicated it to his family and especially to his late father Simon ‘Maradona’ Peters.

“My father and family are the reason behind my return to the field. My dad always encouraged me to give my best because he told me that there are good and bad days in soccer but both days are worth learning experience.”

“All the experiences have taught me different types of lessons and although sometimes I feel sad yet I take it positively because that’s the way lessons make us progress in life.”

The 29-year-old says he is determined to utilise this COVID-19 pandemic period to do his training round the clock before they face Nadi in round 7.

“This pandemic is helping me realise the mistakes I made and I am putting my efforts into rectifying it. Some of the types of training I’m doing at home is daily morning running from my home in Samabula Police Barracks to Suva town and do the same in the afternoon before the curfew period.”

“I want to improve on ball controlling and touch which is an important skill for us strikers that we possess. Controlling the ball in a tight situation is something I lack at times and it affects my opportunity to score goals.”

“There are lots of touch points that I am practicing at home now. I feel that improving my shooting skill is crucial because at times I lose focus and I don’t want to repeat the mistakes I made earlier again. I have set my target to score goals because our forwards are very quick with assists,” he added. 

Rewa vs Easy kool Nadi match will be played when the government permits sporting activities to take place.

By Romeka Romena


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