IT was a sea of black as hundreds of people turned up to celebrate Ba's Courts Inter-District Championship celebrations yesterday.
Ba defeated Nadi 2-1 in the final at Churchill Park in Lautoka last Sunday to claim the Lloyd Farebrother Trophy for a record 23rd time.
The victorious Ba players received $1000 each and were also showered with gifts from the business community.
Ba Football Association president Rishi Kumar said the district was renowned for producing national reps not only in soccer but in rugby and netball as well.
"I urge the Ministry of Youth and Sports to establish some sporting facilities in Ba to help in the development," Kumar said.
"This win is very special because the last win was five years ago.
"The number five is also special. We had not beaten Nadi in the last five games. Five of our senior players had never won the IDC before. Ba has never won the Oceania Champions League in the last five outings so the 2014 Oceania Champions League is the target."
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel announced that the prestigious Lloyd Farebrother Trophy will retire in Ba.
He said the Fiji FA would face a lot of criticism for the decision but it was time to move on.
"We had decided that there will be a new trophy from next year before the IDC started in Lautoka," Patel said.
"When you look at the records the Lloyd Farebrother Trophy deserves to come home and the rightful place is Ba."
Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto, who was the chief guest, said the pathway to victory was through the heart.
"If you have a good heart then it makes you the champion in all you strive for."
Since the inaugural IDC in 1938, Ba has reached the final 40 times.