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Suva breaks jinx

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SUVA broke a 38-year jinx by winning the annual Then India Valibar Sangam Football Championship super premier title at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

The Allen Jeson-coached team defeated surprise finalist Rifle Range 1-0.

Lami rep Samuel Nair scored the winner in the firsthalf.

Suva ousted defending champions Lautoka 1-0 in the first semi-final while Rifle Range beat Malolo in a penalty shootout in the second.

Jesoni said they completed their mission after reaching the final on three previous occasions in recent years.

"It was a great victory after a long time," he said.

"We played in three finals recently. But this time we made sure that we should win the tournament.

"We had good preparation with excellent management. I'm really proud of how the players adhered to the instructions.

"The mission set at the start of the year was to win the tournament and the boys lifted themselves. We were not in an easy pool and came through tough matches in the eliminations.

"The semi-final against Lautoka was difficult.

"We did the simple things right and played as a unit with a lot of self-confidence."

With the win Suva has qualified for the Sangam World Cup in New Zealand in November.





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