June 09, 2022
Lautoka Coach Anginesh Prasad says their loss in the semifinals of the Digicel Fiji FACT is a wake-up call for the team ahead of next week's OFC Champions League qualifier against Rewa.
Prasad said the loss has reminded the players that they have to train hard and bring in some changes to their performance.
"I think it was a good learning experience for our players."
"Fiji FACT loss is something we have considered while we prepare for the OFC playoffs."
"We had a really young squad. Our youth players were given game time to expose themselves playing tournaments against local rivals just for the build-up to OFC."
"They did a good job and at the same time it was an eye opener experience for them."
"We had the services of experienced players and it was also a wake-up call for them when we lost in the semis."
"Just that we have to improve on our mistakes and that can be done with continuous training and lift our individual performances."
He further added that although the Blues defeated Rewa by 1-0 in the FACT pool games, they are not going to underestimate them.
"So they were a tough team to beat in the Pool games and we are not saying that we can always beat them."
"I'm sure they will come prepared so we are not going to underestimate them but we need to rectify our mistakes."
"I think in that game, we could have scored more goals but Rewa had a strong defence and we just need to work on our weaknesses to counter them," he said.
In the first play-off, Lautoka will host Rewa at 7 pm at Churchill Park next Friday.
By Romeka Romena