Caption: The Ezy Kool Nadi side pose for a photo after their 2-1 win against NZ Nadroga in its first pool match. Photo: ANUSHIL KUMAR.
By ANUSHIL KUMAR in Sydney
November 27, 2014. Defending champions Esy Kool Nadi made a good start of the 2014 Pacific Cup after they escaped with a 2-1 win over New Zealand Nadroga Stallions in its first pool encounter last night.
The Jetsetters got an early shock in the game as Nadroga’s Don’e Mathews netted-in the first goal of the match which gave the Stallions a 1-0 lead at the break.
Nadi came back firing into the second half as left midfielder Lekima Gonerau getting the equaliser for the reigning champions.
Australian based French striker Gerard Francois Ouffoue stole the hearts of many fans and officials at the ground as his timely set up allowed sensational Samuela Drudru to strike home the winning goal and getting the much needed three points.
Coach Kamal Swamy said they expected a tough battle being the defending champions but playing football till the final whistle paid divided to the Jetsetters.
“I think it was a tough game because we are the defending champion and every team would like beat the defending champions.
“New Zealand Nadroga knew what to do as they hey had some good players upfront where they capitalized on.
“We had the composure, we knew they would be defending full time in the second half and we knew where we had to strike so we worked on our set pieces which paid dividend at the end.”
Esy Kool Nadi plays NZFFI All Stars in the first match of day two at 8pm (Fiji Time).