June 06, 2022
A strong team culture and an effective support system enabled Suva to successfully defend the Digicel Fiji FACT title in Sigatoka on Sunday, says Coach Babs Khan.
Speaking to FijiLive, Khan said the challenge of winning the tournament back to back was tough as both his players and him were under pressure but they supported each other and kept a united front all along.
"This was the first time for a back to back tournament win for me as a coach and the team as well."
"We kept talking about it all week and worked very hard to make it possible."
"This is really special and every team member, official and our sponsors have been part of our journey. Not forgetting our families, who allowed us to be away from home for a longer period and making sacrifices for the team."
"We have a good bunch of players and this is the outcome."
"The team culture is we play for each other. Day in day out everybody comes for training. That's the culture and everybody stays disciplined."
"The key to win is that we train together all the time and we turn up for the game and we play hard for each other."
An emotional Khan said on a personal level, the victory means a lot to his small family.
"My wife Artika and daughter have made a lot of sacrifices and I dedicate this to them."
He further revealed that their game plan was to play one on one football and put up a good defence.
"We were determined not to give possession away like a team did yesterday and it paid dividends today."
"Labasa like to play behind the defence and we said we got to defend our defensive third and that's what they did."
The Ram's Cleaning Services/All Freight Logistics Suva won the final beating 4R Electric Labasa 2-0 courtesy of a goal in each half to midfielder Malakai Rakula and striker Samuela Drudru.
By Romeka Romena