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Host wants victory

Maciu Malo
Monday, April 07, 2014

VODAFONE 4R Electric Ba will leave no stone unturned in their bid to win their first Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions league pool game against the unpredictable AS Magenta at Govind Park this afternoon.

Led by prolific goal scorer Osea Vakatalesau, the side has what it takes to make their fans happy.

Manager Arvin Singh said the game against AS Magenta would be crucial for the Men in Black as they chase their first OFC champions league title.

He said the boys had been urged to give their best for the people of Ba.

"This is a very special game for us and we have to do everything it takes to win the game for our fans," said Singh.

"The boys are mentally, physically and spiritually prepared for the game and I don't see any reason why we cannot win the game.

"We have players that have five and six years experience of playing in the OFC and they know what to expect from their opponents.

"The game against Magenta is a must-win game for us."

The side's best OFC finish was in 2007 when they lost in the final but Singh was optimistic his troops would deliver the goods this season.

He said the absence of Nigerian striker Sanni Issa and top goalkeeper Jone Ralulu in this year's campaign would not affect the morale of his players.

"Sanni and Jone were instrumental in our last year's campaign although they are no longer in the squad. I believe we have the material to fill the vacuum."

Former Labasa match winner Maciu Dunadamu will replace Sanni while Lautoka stopper Jone Sorolo will cover for Epeli Codro.

Singh said the experience of veteran Peni Finau, Jone Vesikula, Avinesh Waran Swammy and Mavileko Nakama would augur well for the Men in Black.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

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