September 15, 2021
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Goundar works on sharpening fitness

22-year-old Ba right midfielder Sumeet Krishna Goundar aims to get to his best fitness level ahead of the resumption of the Digicel Premier League.

Goundar told FijiLive that fitness is a key factor that is affecting his game but is determined to get in his best form ahead of the clash against Suva.

“I feel that my fitness level has dropped a bit and it is one of the areas of concern that I am currently working on. I have to improve and come to the right form before the league games resume. I want to make it in the starting line-up and I know it won’t be easy.”

“I’m doing my personal training at home and I just hope that the current situation normalises so that we are able to train with our coach. Yes, coach Kamal Swammy is very helpful, reliable and has been helping the team and me throughout the pandemic in terms of our training.”

“He has been guiding us and is just a phone call away. He sends us videos and also calls and checks if we are facing any issues in training. He also ensures that we players are safe, especially us who are working,” Goundar said.

The Police Officer scored three goals to his name last year upon joining the football giants and hopes to score more goals this season.  

He also mentioned that fast passing and ball control is a challenge for him but he is determined to improve on that.  

“My touches are a bit slow and I know that counts a lot on the field. Because if you can’t give passes then there won’t be proper finishing. I am utilising my afternoons training on my fast touch and ball control so that I am prepared and focused for my next match against Suva.”

“Suva is the defending champion and they will come strong but I’m eager to play them and beat them also. I have aimed to try and score or assist in scoring goals against them.”

The Rarawai, Ba native started playing football with the Tavua football team but last year his fortune changed when he was asked to join the men-in-black.

He revealed that he never thought he could make it to a district team like Ba and has set sights on winning his first league competition with the side.  

“Playing in Ba was something I never imagined I could play in my life. When I joined the team I felt lucky because there were so many experienced players in the squad. But I’m really thankful to my teammates that I coped up well with them.”

“The experienced players helped me a lot during training and also during our games. The boys make fun but when it’s time to be serious they make sure we work as a team. The team bonding is really strong and that’s something I always admire about the players.”

The Ba vs Suva match will take place when the sporting activities resume in the country. 

By Romeka Romena 

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