May 30, 2021
Lautoka midfielder Muni Shivam Naidu is training tirelessly to improve on his attacking game before the resumption of the Digicel Premier League.
Naidu started off with the Blues in 2018 at the age of 18 and has been engaged with the team for the past three years.
In 2018, he played his first Fiji FACT and Battle of the Giants Tournament with Lautoka and in 2019, he won the Pacific Cup with the Blues.
Speaking to FijiLive, Naidu said he is spending a lot of time doing his training and needs to be good at attacking and defending.
“We have been given a training schedule and plan by our coach where we players follow daily as we prepare for our next match against Labasa. Attacking midfielders have a lot of work on their shoulders and we have to make sure that we get the ball set up for the strikers to finish well.”
“Some of the duties we have are to assist the back line in making sure the other team doesn't get near the ball and goal. We have to get the ball passed up to the forwards for them to score. We also have to attack the opposing team's goal and score given the opportunity.”
“I usually stick to the central area and at the beginning of the game; I’m positioned behind the forwards. During a match, we always cover between the goal line and the midfield line. We sometimes take penalty kicks, throw-ins, kick-offs, and corner kicks.”
The recently turned 21-year-old said he wants to create an impact while attacking and defending the ball while his target is to end Labasa’s unbeaten run in the league.
“I’m working on creating opportunities for strikers by finding passes that can cut through the defense of the opposition. I also have been working on my defensive area to defend the ball from the other team and cross it over to the strikers.”
“Lautoka will meet Labasa and we want to take our 2020 Inter District Championship final revenge against Labasa. They defeated us last year but my personal target is to end their unbeaten run with goals.”
“That loss still hurts me and I want to train really hard so that when we re-meet Labasa, we give them a hard time. We won’t take them easily and we want to get fired up against them,” he added.
The Lautoka vs Labasa match will take place when the sporting activities resume in the country.
By Romeka Romena