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Takiate returns as sweeper

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, February 07, 2013

NATIONAL defender Remueru Takiate will mark his return at the sweeper's berth for Ba in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League match against Suva at Govind Park this Saturday.

Takiate missed the opening round matches in the NFL because of injury.

Striker Josefata Neibuli filled in for the role.

Ba team manager Arvind Singh said they would not take Suva lightly despite defeating the Whites twice in the Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion series.

He said Suva would come out in full force seeking to avenge the losses.

"This will be our third meeting this year," Singh said.

"But this time it is in the NFL which is being tightly contested.

"Suva will come out in full force to claim the three points."

Ba defeated Suva 1-0 and 5-1 to win the CVC title for the 17th time.

During the 2012 Inter District Competition final the Ba players walked off Govind Park after Waisake Navunigasau headed Suva's winner late in extra time.

The match was abandoned after the Ba players protested the goal causing tension among the fans.

Suva was later declared the winner of the competition.

Singh said he did not expect a hostile reception for the southerners at Govind Park.

He said the match was one that the fans had been waiting for.

"We are back to full strength with Remueru returning from injury," Singh said.

Nadi leads the NFL with 13 points ahead of Ba on 12 and Suva on 10 points.

In other NFL matches this weekend Tavua will face Nadi, Navua will play Lautoka, Nadroga will take on Rewa while Labasa will play Savusavu.