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Red Devils win 5-a-side

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, March 17, 2014

THE Red Devils team from Nadi yesterday defeated Southern Forest of Navua 2-1 in extra-time to win the P Meghji-sponsored 5-a-side tournament at the South Seas Club ground in Lautoka.

The final between the two visiting teams proved to be a cracker despite the heavy downpour which made the turf slippery.

Red Devils with Fiji futsal rep Mohammed Salmin scored in the first half. Southern Forest captained by former Fiji futsal manager Krishneel Sharma equalised late in the second half to send the match into extra-time.

Red Devils scored the winner in the second extra spell after a long throw from goalkeeper Mohammed Moushif was deflected past Sharma.

Both goalkeepers Moushif and Sharma played gallantly pulling off many good saves.

In the semi-final, Southern Forest beat Design Engineering 2-1 while Red Devils beat P Meghji 3-1.

The P Meghji team had the services of Lautoka midfield general Alvin Avinesh.

Tournament co-ordinator Faiaaz Ali said it was good to have two visiting teams in the final.

Ali said the Southern Forest team was well disciplined.

"I would like to thank sponsor Romit Meghji for making this tournament a success," he said.

"Krishneel from Southern Forest was very helpful in officiating the games with Mohammed Moushim of Design Engineering and Agnesh Kumar of P Meghji.

"Some of the teams failed to turn up but we proceeded with the tournament. The idea is to develop football and foster new relationship through the sport.

"A veteran's tournament is being lined up for the players over the age of 40 years."

The next sponsored open 5-a-side tournament will be held at the end of this month.

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