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Ba star returns

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, January 25, 2014

LANKY striker Osea Vakatalesau will strengthen Ba's strike force against Nadi in the Pillay's Garments Champion versus Champion decider at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon.

Vakatalesau returns to the starting line-up after serving a one match suspension.

Nicknamed Ozzy, the 28-year-old is likely to pair with nippy Abbu Zahid Shaheed.

The 4R Electrical Men in Black have been tight-lipped about their preparations for the knockout game.

Ba, the defending champions have won the CVC title 17 times.

Meanwhile midfielders Munit and Rahul Krishna have been cleared to represent the Shop N Save-sponsored Nadi team.

The duo were doubtful for the match after sustaining injuries in the second leg of the series at Govind Park last Sunday.

Nadi Football Association president Navneeda Gounder has urged the fans to wear green in support for the team.

Gounder said busses had been arranged to transport their supporters to Churchill Park.

"Buses will depart from the Mobil Service Station in town from 1.30pm," he said.

"The return fare is $4 per person. We are expecting many fans to travel for the game so several buses have been arranged. We are requesting the fans to wear green."

Nadi has played in the CVC series previously, losing to Ba on all four occasions.

Gounder said the recovery of Munit and Rahul would boost the team.

"This is one title that we have never won. The boys are eager to bring glory.

"But we will have to sharpen up especially in defence. In the last two matches we allowed Ba to come back after taking the lead."

Tickets will be on sale at the Churchill Park booth from 1pm. Ticket prices are $5 (adults) and $2 (children under the age of 12 years). The match will kick off at 4pm.

Rakesh Varman will control the fixture. He will be assisted by Ravinesh Kumar and Rakesh Chandra. Dina Mani will be the fourth official.

Fiji Football Association referees director, Paresh Kishore will be the match assessor.





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