June 10, 2022
Rewa Head Coach Marika Rodu says the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League playoffs will help the side unlock potential talents.
Speaking to the Fiji FA Media, Rodu said the Digicel Premier League and the recent 2022 Fiji FACT have exposed a lot of talents in the Delta Tigers camp.
"Preparation is going well and I think we are super excited about the opportunity and OFC championship back in football calendar."
"It's taken us more than five months to prepare for these two games. And it's a very important game for those of us in Rewa's football calendar for 2022."
"We all know this is a level above national league games in Fiji and any other tournament, so it's important to perform at another level and OFC champions league gives us the opportunity to unlock player potential, unlock star potential and also give us opportunity to develop ourselves in a higher high level of football in the region."
"Just looking at the last three weeks, four weeks of Fiji football calendar I think it's very important for us to prioritise," he explained.
After the side's loss at the pool matches of Fiji FACT, the team went into camp and Rodu said they are focusing on their priorities ahead of the first plaplayoffsy offs against Lautoka next week.
"We got the players back into camp and it is just to streamline our focus and priorities and get our resources in the right place."
"So from the beginning, we prioritize the national OFC playoff against Lautoka and that is something that we need to stay focused on. And also with the limited resources we have, we don't want to exhaust all our financial resources."
"Gabby was a small part of any of the games in the Fiji FACT so was Iosefo Verevou. Setareki was coming in and offered to get game times so that all contributed to the plan."
"These two games on the 17 and 19 are important to us and it's important that all our investment in the players and our preparation are channeled in the right way. So we want the best team to be ready for the game against Lautoka."
He further added that Lautoka is a very developed team and is expecting tough matches from them.
"Lautoka is an equally good team and they've evolved since the first game they lost to Suva in the first round of the DPL and since then they've evolved."
"They finished the Fiji FACT in the semi-final so that means they have a structure they've been coached by a very well qualified coach and they are well coached, well trained."
"And they've developed over the few months that we've gone past. The depth is a concern for them but they've shown their capability and the potential so it's something that we are really looking forward to," he said.
In the first play-off, Rewa will face Lautoka at 7.30pm next Friday.
By Romeka Romena