If it was not Zibraaz Sahib‘s well-taken penalty at the 90th minute of play against Nasinu in the last match of Lautoka in the Vodafone Premier League, the Sugar City Boys would be suffering their fourth defeat in the eight matches so far in the national league.
After a terrible campaign at OFC Champions League this year, Lautoka was expected to return stronger after the COVID-19 break for the Vodafone Premier League and 2020 edition of the Battle of Giants. The new coach Ravinesh Kumar was a big hope for the Blues, but it seems the coach with the best profile in Fijian football currently is not being able to put in practice what his team needs to be back to the winning ways.
Since Kumar is in charge of Lautoka the team was able to record only one win so far in the season – on 19th July against Navua by 2-1. The Battle of Giants campaign was also very frustrating for the Lautoka fans: three defeats in three games, being knocked-out of the tournament in the group stage.
A team with players of the quality of Dave Radrigai, Kolinio Sivoki and Shivam Naidu should not be in this position at the moment; something pretty awkward is happening in Lautoka to have such bad performances so far.
Despite Lautoka is at the mid of the table with 11 points from eight games played, they still have time to bounce back in the league to contest for the top spots in the national league – but they will need to do it fast and win in the next weekend against Nadi could mean a lot for the team coached by Ravinesh Kumar.