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Ba in the race

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, June 22, 2014

AVINESH Suwamy scored a double to keep Ba in contention in the Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau in Nausori last night.

Ba after losing to Nadroga 0-1 on Friday needed a win against host Rewa to keep its hope alive in the tournament.

Suwamy, who missed the match on the opening day because of work commitment, scored with his trademark long-range shots in the 62nd and 89th minutes.

Rewa had a fair chance throughout the match but failed to capitalise on them to score the crucial goals. The side also needed a win after losing to Labasa 0-1 on Friday.

Ba coach Yogendra Dutt gave his players and the support staff credit for the win.

He said they would do their best against Labasa today to remain in the tournament.

"We will not worry about what will be their plan but what we will do to remain in this tournament," Dutt said.

"It's not an 11 man game but the team effort and everybody is an inspiration to everyone. We have won this game and we are proud of ourselves."

Rewa coach Marika Rodu remains optimistic of making the semi-finals and hopes Labasa will do them a favour by beating the Men in Black.

"This was tough pool, this was a game and the game could have gone either way. We did our best, we lost fighting but I'm glad with the uplift of the spirit since yesterday (Friday)."

Meanwhile Suva and Nadi from Group B have booked their places in the semis after two wins in the opening rounds of the play.

Winless Navua and Lautoka have bowed out of the tournament with two losses.

In Group A, Labasa is all but in the semis with six points after two games.

Ba has three points with a win and a loss alongside Nadroga which is behind on goal difference.

Rewa is the only team in the group without any point and goal.

Today : 11.30am Navua-Lautoka, 1.30pm Rewa-Nadroga, 3.30pm Nadi-Suva, 5.30pm Ba-Labasa.

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