July 11, 2022
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Young players need game time, says Ali

Ba Coach Imdad Ali says the young players in his team will need to step up and fill in the void left by some senior players who are contemplating a switch to other teams in the mid-season transfer window.

Speaking after Ba's 3-0 disappointing loss to Navua yesterday, Ali said his young brigade needs more game time and exposure to match the big guns and play competitive football.

Ali said the Digicel Premier League is getting intense and they will have to better their performance to make a strong comeback against  Nadroga this week.

"What happened yesterday was our senior players did not play and the game was handled by the young players in the team."
"There were only a few senior players and I think that saw Navua taking the win."
"These young boys have come from the youth team and they still need more game time to match up against the senior reps in district-level football."
"They got tired easily because most of these players have never played 90-minute Premier level football and that's why things did not go our way."
"But it's football and we know the youth players took away a lot of lessons and I'm sure we will return strong and bounce back to our winning form."
"They will have to adjust themselves playing the Premier level style of football and if they have attained the right experience, I'm sure they will be competitive," he explained.
Ba will face Nadroga in an away fixture on Sunday.
By Romeka Romena  

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