May 16, 2022
No-nonsense Nadi Coach Kamal Swamy is calling on players to 'pull up their socks' ahead of the 2022 Digicel Fiji FACT which commences this Sunday with the opening round at Suva's ANZ Stadium.
Swamy said the onus is on the players to lift their game and perform better as the team management is taking good care of them during such difficult times when the economy is still trying recovering.
"The players know they have been runners up in 2020 and being runners up is quite upsetting."
"So that is pushing the team to give in a better performance this week and they have to really pull up their socks because we have to lift our football standard."
"The boys have to take on the responsibility of giving the best because they are being looked after really well so we want performance from them."
"They have to be confident and that can only happen if they put in the hard work and show their determination on the field."
"We have to build up a good combination and if we have that then there should not be any problem in reaching the final."
He added the management is happy with the discipline of the team after the nine rounds of the Digicel Premier League while they demand a better performance in the tournament.
"Discipline is improving and I'm sure that if they go with the same attitude, then we might see some unexpected results from Nadi."
"Basically discipline has set a benchmark for us because we conceded less yellow cards and no red cards so that speaks a lot about how the boys are consistent on the field."
"Right now we are not just seeing our strengths and weaknesses, rather we are also seeing the opponent's strength and weaknesses and how we can counter them."
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