Men in Black give youngsters game time
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:24


SOCCER giants Ba will be hoping to give the younger players more game time during the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants which starts in Lautoka tomorrow.

This is to allow the players to gain experience.

Last Sunday against Navua, the 4R Men in Black usedEpeli Codro instead of top choice stopper Jone Ralulu. The starting line-up also included Rinal Prasad and Josefata Neibuli.

Ba team manager Arvind Singh said they wanted to rotate the players on the bench.

He said they had confidence in all their squad members.

"It is unwise to let the players who have given their best during training warm the bench all the time," Singh said.

"We utilised Epeli under the cross bar against Nadroga. He is a good goalkeeper but hasn't played much. The idea is to get these players to feel the different atmosphere during the tournament."

Ba defeated Nadroga 3-1 in the opening round on Sunday. The side is billed to face defending champions Rewa at 6.30pm tomorrow. This match will kick-off after the official opening of the tournament.

Singh said they had no major injury concerns.

He said while they applauded the 90-minute format, they would like to see an increase in the player registration numbers.

"The ideal number of registered players for the 90-minute concept should be 25 and not 22," Singh said.

"This is due to the hectic schedule of the tournament. The opening round was held in Labasa. There was a lot of travelling involved. We applaud the Fiji FA for taking the tournament to the Northern Division. It has certainly boosted the sport. However due to the logistics there isn't much recovery time. An increase in the number of players in the squad would be beneficial to the teams as they head into 90-minute football per day."



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