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Ba five out of FACT

Emoni Narawa
Friday, May 04, 2012

LANKY striker Osea Vakatalesau will be not feature for Ba at the Vodafone Fiji FACT.

Vakatalesau, Maveliko Nakama, Josefata Neibuli, Petero Dauniseka and Tuimasi Manuca were excluded from the 22-member squad released by the Fiji Football Association yesterday.

Vakatalesau and Dauniseka were ruled out because of injuries.

Tuimasi is believed to be in Suva citing personal commitment while the other players were disciplined for not attending training sessions. This was informed to Times Sport by a reliable source in the Ba camp.

Yesterday the Ba soccer officials did not wish to comment when approached for an interview.

Isimeli Naresia is likely to pair former Tavua rep Jone Salauneune upfront in the absence of Vakatalesau and Manuca.

Ba is riding high from back-to-back victories in the National League. Ba's victory over Tavua and Lautoka has put them in a better position after ending their O-league campaign on a low note.

Dutt will rely on the services of Avinesh Waran Swamy, Meli Codro, Manueli Kalou, Jone Vesikula, Naresia, Malakai Tiwa and Malakai Kainihewe at the FACT.

The Yogendra Dutt-coached side faces Navua in round one at Lautoka's Churchill Park at 2pm on Sunday.

In other matches, Nadroga takes on Tavua in the opening game at 11am, Nadi plays Suva at 12.30 and Lautoka will face a tough challenge from defending champion Rewa in the last game.

Tickets will be sold at the Lautoka City Council today and tomorrow. Prices range from $12 (the main pavilion), $9 and $8 for pavilion A and C while the embankment costs $6.

Ba squad: Ratu Jone Gasaubalavu, Avinesh Waran Suwamy, Aisea Codro, Manueli Kalou, Ronil Kumar, Jone Vesikula, Junior Narendra Rao, Niumaia Tagi, Jone Salauneune, Peter Hughes, Alvin Singh, Remeuru Tekiata, Kiniviliame Naika, Simeli Naresia, Kitione Tabaivalu, Malakai Tiwa, Malakai Kanihewe, Laisenia Raura, Rinal Prasad, Marika Robanakadavu, Meli Codro, Epeli Codro.