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League makes soccer history

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, December 16, 2013

LEAGUE FC of Navua created history by winning the National Football Championship for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1986.

Netani Doli proved to be the hero for the League team scoring the lone goal against the 4R Electrical club from Ba in the final of the Kriz Signs sponsored tournament at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

4R Electrical, the defending champions, went into the match as firm favourites but could not get the ball past League goalkeeper Sheik Moshin.

Laced with Ba reps 4R Electrical came close to scoring on numerous occasions only to be denied by the crossbar and Moshin's excellent saves.

League found the back of the net in the 37th minute after a scoreless first spell.

Replacement Iliavi Katonitabua's powerful drive was blocked by 4R Electrical goalkeeper Epeli Codro.

Unfortunately for the Ba club the ball fell in the path of an oncoming Doli who slammed it in from close range.

The win inspired Navua Football Association president Faud Anwar who said that they were on track for the national competitions next year.

He said they had mapped out a plan for their clubs last season.

"For Navua Football Association the aim last year was just to qualify for the National Club Championship in Ba," Anwar said.

"If we made it into the semi-finals then it would have been a bonus. This year the target was the semi-final and next year the final.

"However it is more than a dream come true especially for me taking up the presidency role recently.

"This is my first major victory and it is a step forward for Navua soccer.

"It is an excellent way to start the new season.

"It is historic occasion because Navua soccer never had two clubs qualify for the National Club Championship semi-finals before.

"The semi-final between League and Combine was awesome. This just shows that we are on track for next year."

4R Electrical skipper Osea Vakatalesau said they failed to take the National Club Championship seriously.

He admitted that they had not trained well after the Pacific Cup in New Zealand last month.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Bob Kumar said they would be discussing ways to increase participation of the clubs in the tournament during the next council meeting in January.

League received $3000 while 4R Electrical settled for $1500.

4R Electrical: Epeli Codro, Remueru Tekiata, Aisea Codro, Jone Vesikula, Malakai Tiwa, Meli Codro, Ronil Kumar, Tuimasi Manuca, Marika Madigi, Abbu Zaheed, Osea Vakatalesau.

League FC: Sheik Moshin, Praneel Kumar, Seveci Rokotakala, Simione Domoni, Simione Maikali, Nazir Hussein, Inia Boko, Netani Doli, Jesoni Takala, Rizwan Ali, Abdul Moshim.