|Henry Dyer and Emasi Koroi ("Bacardi")|
|Henry Dyer & Boy Reddy (from Nadi's 1969 IDC winning team)|
Nadi players were brought on to the field early prior to the final to do 20-minutes of training on the pitch in front of the beer-parlour. I do not know what the purpose of this was. It should have been done outside of the camp or wherever they were before journeying to the stadium. This on-field training would have created extra tension and pressure. It is as if the coach and the president wanted to show the travelling Nadi fans that they were pushing the players to the limit. The training before the game did not even involve footballs which was very strange as the players’ weakness is ball-control skills. At the training the players were practising heading in pairs (without using balls) so it was indeed ironic when in the second half the Nadi player headed the ball out when a headed goal was very easily achievable. The players should be practising scoring goals from corner-kicks. In Fiji soccer in general, and with Nadi in particular, corner-kicks are totally wasted (and uninteresting for the fans) because they do not result in goals. Legendary Ba striker Inia Bola said to us (personal interview, 17 June 2015) that for every five corner-kicks there should be two or three goals. We are certainly a very long way from seeing that happen.
|Maika Kasami (Fiji Sun), Henry Dyer and Seremaia Tale|
|Henry Dyer @ Govind Park|
|Hardcore Ba travelling fans including Skull (third from left) and Ben (first on right). This picture was taken when the guys stopped off in Lautoka for a late-night drink after Friday night Fiji FACT 2015 matches in Nadi.|