Blues aim for top finish

Jone Vono Jr (closest to camera) during a training session with the Lautoka soccer side at the Fiji Football Academy grounds in Ba. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

Lautoka is aiming for a top finish in the 2021 Vodafone Premier League after a dismal performance last season.

The Blues have secured the services of Tagi Vonolagi as head coach and roped in players such as Misiwani Nairube (Ba), Beniamino Mateinaqara (Suva) and Afraz Ali (Nadi) to boost its squad.

The Sugar City team finished in sixth position on the VPL points table recording only four wins out of 14 matches last year.

Vonolagi said there were a lot of things to work on especially with their defensive pattern before the opening match against Navua next month.

“We need to tighten up our defence,” he said. “We have a lot of attacking players but when it comes to defence they are very slow. “We have about two weeks to pick up on our fitness and hope the team will be all set for the first VPL game. “During training we are changing players to see their suitable positions but then we don’t want to take many risks. We have solid players in certain positions with some able to play in multiple roles.” Lautoka last won the VPL in 2018.

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