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Suva on top

Arin Kumar
Monday, July 14, 2014

IT took a man from Ba to give the Men in Black its first defeat of the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League this season at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Hailing from Nailaga in Ba, Sakaraia Naisua, who now plays for Suva, scored the lone goal in the Capital City's 1-0 victory over the western giants yesterday.

It is rumoured the Suva side was in camp for this one match and it paid off now that they are the lone unbeaten side in the competition.

After both sides were locked 0-all at half-time and midway in the second half, veteran midfielder Pita Rabo gave a beautiful through pass to Naisua to run around Ba goalkeeper Epeli Codro and put the ball in the back of the net.

Naisua said he was excited when the ball was at his feet but he didn't panic and took his time since he was not offside.

"I am really happy to score this goal that gave us the win and keep us unbeaten," the 21-year-old said.

Suva coach Gurjeet Singh said he told his players to attack in the areas where Ba was weak.

"Looking at Ba, I think their defence was weak and that is what I told the boys," he said.

"We got that one goal and we could have scored more.

"But we have to keep the momentum because the remaining games are important for us if we want to win the league."

Ba coach Yogendra Dutt refused to elaborate on his side's performance and said it was a good game.

Meanwhile, Navua remain at the bottom end of the National Football League table with another under par performance.

They drew 0-all with Nadroga at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

It was typical defensive play from both sides with no significant action or flavour.

The talking point however was that the match was almost stopped midway in the first half because no medical official or St John Ambulance staff were to be seen at the ground.

Fiji Sports Council staff argued that the match must be stopped because no one would be liable if a player sustained injury since no medical officials were present.

However, play resumed once Fiji FA sorted the matter and the St John Ambulance staff were on the sidelines.

Navua coach Mohammed Shafeel said they were targeting three points but failed.

"We had so many chances of scoring but we are content with the one point," he said.

"We will go back and see the areas that we have identified as our weaknesses and work on those."

Nadroga coach Joseph Nand said fitness was a major downfall for his side.

"Fitness was a major factor since most of our boys are not training because of work commitments."


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