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Fiji IDC: Australian imports out but Lautoka confident to win

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October 15, 2010
By Reginald Chandar

Lautoka will feature in the semifinal of the 2010 Inter District Championship in Suva this Sunday without its two Australian imports who flew out of the country today.

Defender Billy Darwich and striker Matthew Mayora whose visa expired this afternoon were allowed to leave as the Lautoka Football Association officials is confident of delivering the good with the duo.

However Marconi Stallions goalie James Chronopoulus who has only conceded one goal so far in the tournament, remains with the Blues and will be a sure starter against Navua.

LFA president Shalendra Prasad said despite the departure of the two players and the match suspension of defender Samuela Kautoga, the morale in the Blues camp is high.

“Billy Darwich and Matthew Mayora left for Australia today as their visa had expired and we did not want to hold them back as they had work and other commitments to attend to,” said Prasad.

“Their departure should not affect the teams that much as we have faith in our local boys who played their hearts out against Ba and registered an important win which enabled us to progress to the semifinal.”

Meanwhile, defending champion Navua is also expected to feature without US based midfielder Stefan Clemens who is facing some logistical problems with his return.

Navua boss Anil Sharma said they wanted Clemens for the semifinals and said the logistics were not favoring them.

“We wanted to bring him back but if he does come then he will arrive in Nadi at 5.30am on Sunday and by the time he will get into Suva, we would have had played our match. So at this stage it is not feasible to fly him in” said Sharma.

Clemens who starred in Navua’s IDC triumph last year in Nadi jetted out of the country on Tuesday to attend to work commitments in the United States.

Navua plays Lautoka in the first semifinal of the 2010 Courts IDC at 9am on Sunday and the Rewa meets Labasa in the semifinal at 10.15am.


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