December 05, 2021
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Lions coach gracious in defeat

Labasa Coach Ravneel Pratap graciously accepted their first defeat of the season to Nadi today and said they lost to a better side.

The Babasiga Lions' unbeaten run in the Digicel Premier League came to an end after the 1-0 loss at the ANZ Stadium in Suva and Pratap stressed that his players did not utilise the opportunities which was the reason for their loss.

Pratap said the players remained content till the last minute of the match, however they did not score any goal whereas Nadi utilised its opportunities and delivered on time.

“We played well today but we did not score the goals. The team that scored the goals won today. But congrats to Nadi they deserved the win. Hats off to my young boys who started today. I’m proud of the boys. The way they played, I think they played well but the goals were not there.”

“We just wanted them to play long balls because their strikers were very lethal in the attacks. So we were trying to see that we pressed together as a team, we move together as a team, we defend together as a team and then we attack as a team.”

“They got a chance and utilised that in scoring. We also received chances but we missed them. It’s all about scoring so they scored and they won.”

He added the Babasiga Lions need to improve their fitness which was an issue for the side today.

“We have to work on our fitness. Playing two games back to back was tough. The players are not machines, they are human beings. But we have to go on and improve on our fitness and also on the scoring part.”

“I think slowly we are getting there. After the COVID-19 pandemic break, we started scoring goals. Before we drew goalless. Slowly the scoring part is getting there.”

“I believe some of our players need to step up in their fitness. Players lacked fitness and that was seen in the second spell. We will go back and regroup and work on the mistakes and areas that we lack at,” he explained.

By Romeka Romena  

 


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