December 06, 2021
Labasa Coach Ravneel Pratap says their first loss of the season is a huge lesson for him personally.
Pratap took charge of the team at the start of the season after Ronil Lal resigned and under his guidance the Babasiga Lions won the Champion vs Champion title and were unbeaten in nine matches of the Digicel Premier League.
He said the 1-0 loss to Nadi was unexpected but he has already noted down the areas he needs to improve on as a coach and will be working on them accordingly.
"This loss is really disappointing."
"We came for a win, unfortunately we had to settle for a loss."
"But it is a good lesson for us, especially me."
"I have to learn a lot, work on the lessons and come back strong."
"As a coach I need to go back to the drawing board and work on my strategies and bring a strong structure in the team for the remaining matches."
The 30-year-old Physical Education, Music and Art and Crafts teacher of Labasa Sangam College will be working on a new game plan and structure for a strong squad this week.
"From my understanding boys lacked fitness and our game plan felt weak in front of Nadi."
"Nadi gave us a good game and at the same time they showed us our mistakes and pointed out our weaknesses like defending and finishing."
"Yes, we have room for improvement and from my end I feel that there is a need for a new and strong game plan."
"Players will be trained via a different format this week and we will have a new format in the remaining games."
"I will also have to improve on the type of training we give to the players and also change a bit of things around in their playing style," he added.
Labasa will take on Unique Rubber Stamp Suva in the next round of the Digicel Premier League.
By Romeka Romena