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Matirerega nails the winner against Ba

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, January 27, 2013

FORMER Central College student Rusiate Matirerega scored a stunning goal to guide a ten men Nadi team to a historic 1-0 victory over Ba in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League at Prince Charles Park yesterday.

The win ensured the Jetsetters move atop the NFL points table ahead of the Men in Black after four matches.

Scoring the winner in the first minute was a special moment for Matirerega. He had just celebrated his 20th birthday last week. Flash back October 1999 his father Watisoni Voli scored the winning goal for Nadi in the Inter District Competition final against Ba at the same venue.

Proud father Voli who also represented Lautoka and Fiji could not hold back his excitement when Matirerega's pile driver went underneath a diving Jone Ralulu to the back of the net.

Voli described his son's winning goal against defending champions Ba as one of the proudest moments for him.

"In 1999 when we won the IDC here, my photo appeared in the Fiji Times with my son who was only six years then,"

"Back then I scored the winning IDC goal against Ba. But for today it was the decider as to which team would lead the NFL after this weekend. The credit must go to all the players and officials."

Ba coach Yogendra Dutt was gracious in defeat.

But he claimed that an empty plastic bottle was thrown at the Ba bench after the match.

"When you miss the chances then these things sort of happen," Dutt said about the loss.

"We did not make use of our opportunities. They had one chance and they scored. That was the only difference in the game."


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