Nadi out to defend Fiji FACT title

Defending champions Esy Kool Nadi may have failed to win any major title this year but they have not ruled out a final attempt to close the 2020 football calendar with a win at the Vodafone Fiji FACT.

The Jetsetters will be out to defend their title under the guidance of coach Kamal Swamy. They have retained most of the players from the wining team and with the inclusion of former Ba and Fiji rep Avinesh Waran Suwamy, the team is expected to add drama to the competition.

While they are drawn in a pool with 2020 Vodafone Premier League champion Suva, arch rivals Lautoka and an unpredictable Navua side, they have a set of players that work well together, have a winning mentality that will win them matches and see them progress to the semi-finals from Group B.

They may have had a slow start to the year but they have proven that they can come out and surprise everyone after holding VPL champions Suva nil-all in their last outing in the league in September.

Experienced players like goalkeeper Vereti Dickson, Ame Votoniu, William Valentine, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Christopher Kumar, Avinesh Waran Suwamy, Rusiate Matarerega, Sakaraia Naisua and youngsters Mosese Nauci, Joeli Severo, and Shaneel Goundar to name a few, will bolster the Jetsetters during the tournament.

Nadi has every chance to progress to the semi-finals however it depends heavily on how well the players and the coaching panel execute their game plan, follow instructions and utilize scoring opportunities on the field.

Fitness, dedication, discipline, and commitment will be the key deciding factors in the most prestigious tournament of the year for the north.

Nadi has won the Fiji FACT title five times and finished as runners up three times.

The Kamal Swamy-coached side will open its title defense campaign against Lautoka on Saturday November 21 at Churchill Park in Lautoka, takes on Suva on Wednesday November 25 at 4 pm at Subrail Park in Labasa before facing Navua in its final pool match on Thursday November 26 at 12 noon.

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