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Monday, March 12, 2007

Airton optimistic about Marist chances in avenging loss against Fiji Champions Ba FC

Solomons Marist FC coach Airton Andrioli has expressed his optimism that his boys will deliver in their away match with Ba FC this afternoon at 5pm Fiji time(4pm Solo time) at Govind Park in Ba west of Fiji.

Speaking prior to their departure on Saturday, he says he came up with a strategy to counter Ba's offensive and hopes his boys will stick to his game plan in the must-win match.

"A win for us is very crucial and I can only tell them what to do but at the end of the day it is the players who will decide the outcome," he adds.

Meanwhile, Ba's ace midfieder Roneel Kumar is in doubt for this crucial O' League match with Marist.

Roneel Kumar who migrated to New Zealand last week, is expeccted to arrive in Fiji at 4pm (Fiji time) to bolster Ba's chances of reaching the Oceania Champions club league final. Kumar who was named Fiji FA Popular Footballer of the year has been a piller of strength for the Men In Black.

"Roneel is an important member of our team and we are trying to fly him over in time for the game,'' Ba team manager Sabrina Khan said.

She said exciting young utility Avineshwaran Swamy would takeover the important role if the Fiji FA 2006 personality of the year award winner failed to join camp. Lethal left footer Swamy, a former Fiji U20 rep has constantly struggled for a place in the starting lineup since joining the University of the South Pacific last year.

"He passed a fitness test after joining camp on Thursday so we expecting him to be at his best because after being on the bench for most of last year Avinesh is also keen to prove himself to get back into the starting lineup.''

"We also have the likes of Malakai Tiwa and Ronald Lawrence to play in central midfield,'' she said.

Also ruled out of the must-win encounter are key forwards Osea Vakatalesau, Kiniviliame Naika and Shalen Lal. Khan said Vakatalesau and Naika are nursing ankle and knees injuries sustained in the 1-1 tie against AS Temanava in Tahiti last month. Shalen is serving a one-match suspension after he was red carded against AS Temanava.

The Ba Manageress added that Ba respects Marist FC but infront of home fans the side would not settle for anything less than full match points.

"We know what to expect from Marist since they have nothing to lose but we have done our homework and the side is ready. The boys are confident and determined to please the home fans,'' Khan said.

Source: SIFF

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