Have faith in local players, says Ba
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Sunday, 29 July 2012 08:56


BA soccer team manager Arvin Singh believes districts should have the faith in the local talents rather than relying on overseas imports to win major titles.

Singh's comments come after Rewa with three islanders failed to qualify for the semi-final of the Battle of the Giants tournament.

Rewa suffered back to back losses in the BOG to bow out of the tournament.

High profile Solomon Islander James Naka featured for the Delta Tigers together with country mate Abharam Iniga and Robert Tasso of Vanuatu in the 1-0 loss to Ba last night. Naka renowned for his clever dribbling showed glimpses of his touch but was heavily marked in the fixture.

Tasso made two excellent breaks one of which was from half way but could not find the target.

Singh said teams wasted a lot of money getting the overseas players at the last minute.

He said the inclusion of the overseas players also deprived some deserving local players a chance to feature in the tournament.

"The local players have brought the team in the top eight," Singh said.

"They are the ones who have done the hard work to get the team into the tournament. And those players are now either sitting on the bench or are not even in the final squad.

"This is at the expense of the overseas players.

"The teams get the overseas players for only three or four days before the tournament and they don't function.

"This is a big problem for the districts and one which they haven't learnt from over the years."

"Ba is proud of their players and we believe and have faith in our local talents."

The second win in the tournament earned the Men in Black a berth in the semi-final.

Singh said it was important to maintain the momentum after a winning start last Sunday.

He said they should have won by a higher margin.

"This is a very important win as we now have six points and have qualified for the semi-final," Singh said.

"The only disappointment was the missed opportunities.

"We hit the post on three occasions.

"The strikers failed to finish off from close range.

"We could have won by four or five goals."

Ba will take on Labasa at 6.30pm today to decide the winner and runner-up in Pool One.



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