October 09, 2021
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Nand works on weak areas

Upcoming midfielder Merrill Nand is using the current break from football to work on his weakness and aims to make a real impact for defending champions Suva when the Digicel Premier League resumes.

The former Lautoka and Fiji U20 rep moved to the capital city this season and is yet to score a goal or seal his place in the starting eleven.

The University of the South Pacific Law student told FijiLive that he will utilise his strengths to overcome his weaknesses.

“I am doing my personal training and frequently reflect back on the matches I played for Suva from CVC till the last match of DPL. During the pandemic and with lockdown in place, the team officials had been highlighting the important points that we missed during the six rounds.”

“That gave me a sign on the areas that I needed to improve. It was very helpful and I have been working on those. But ever since this week we returned to train with the entire team, it’s very good. Team training is where I get reflections from the officials directly on the ground and improve on that.”

“So far my only weakness is keeping a good defense which I have been trying my best to improve on. We touched on physicality during this week’s training and it helped me in re-gaining my form since we didn’t set foot in the ground for six months,” he explained.

Nand has experienced the joy of winning the National League and Inter District Championship with the Blues in 2018 upon his engagement with the team.

In 2019, he took part in the Pacific Cup in 2019 and represented Fiji in the U20 Oceania qualifiers in Tahiti.

“My advantage is that I run fast and with my speed I can cross cut the ball from the opponent and set it up for the forward players to score. I have been doing a lot of running daily just to maintain my fitness and speed especially because as a right link we need to have the ability to run as fast as we can and steal the ball from the opponent player.”

“Sometimes I lack in defence which is my weakness. I am good at attacking and creating space for the players. I have been trying my best to work around my ball defending position and as we resume soccer I want to display good defending,” he added.

Suva will host Ba upon the resumption of DPL at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

By Romeka Romena      

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