Canada claims the Legends Division of the FANCA Muslim Silver Jubilee tournament with a 4-3 shootout win against Australia at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi, Fiji : FANCA photo

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Sabeto doubles win, makes FANCA core

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Sabeto Muslim teamSabeto Muslim teamFOR Sabeto Muslim football team, and its head coach good habits are hard to break.

Winning habits that are.

With an emphatic 5-2 victory against Somalia, the team completed the double Saturday by capturing its second, (2021-2022) consecutive Muslim League and Cup Championship.

With a bulk of FANCA team Canada players, coach Abdul Nasim’s team turned in a scintillating form during the game.

Sabeto, a revert of the 2020 team Canada played with pace, flair, and verve.

Nasim, who is a former team Canada footballer, and FANCA team Canada head coach, held on to the core players following the cancellation of the tournament due to Covid-19 pandemic is paying dividends.

Core team

With the FANCA games in August, team Canada would be boasting a core of Sabeto players, who will switch codes to represent the country at the five nations meet in Fiji.

Sabeto, of course, would not exactly rub shoulder to shoulder with the who’s who of FANCA football, but as Canada, they will clearly have their focus on winning the title.

Team bonding

The Muslim League provided the team competition and bonding.

“It was a good run for a strong buildup. The Muslim League helped us identify the strengths and the weakness of the players," said Nasim.

FANCA focus

Sabeto’s fruition came on the back of demanding teamwork and dedication, much of what Nasim said would be expected of the team during the Silver Jubilee event in Fiji.

“While we have a team, we are still open to inclusions, based on desire and form."

"We are looking at imports, once we decide on that our focus will turn to fitness, teamwork, tactics, and techniques of the game."

Nasim said the players must adhere to discipline, respect and brotherhood if Canada is to replicate the 2016 FANCA championship.

And with the winning habits, team Canada could look to the future with optimism.

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