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Rewa upsets FACT champions

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

REWA upset Vodafone Fiji FACT champion Shop and Save Nadi 3-1 in the Skipper Tuna National League game at Nadi's Prince Charles on Sunday.

The Delta Tigers broke the hearts of the Nadi fans outclassing the home team in all facets of the game.

Former Labasa rep Misaele Draunibaka was the toast of the Rewa team scoring two goals while young Eric Nigel Chand scored the visitor's third goal.

The green machine managed to score a consolation goal in dying stages of the game through Salim Buksh.

The Delta Tigers under the guidance of mentor Marika Rodu dominated possession and utilised their scoring opportunities well.

Former national skipper and Rewa goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau was rock solid in defence making some magnificent saves.

Tamanisau's moment of brilliance came midway in the second spell when he stopped a Nadi penalty kick.

He was ably supported by veteran defenders Lorima Dau and Usaia Tadu.

Nadi on the other hand failed to find their winning rhythm.

Team coach Kamal Swamy said the players were tired from the mid-week games.

"Most of these players were fatigue because of their participation in the business house early this week," he said.

"This is the same team that won the Fiji FACT but the players were tired."

Rewa coach Rodu said the side had bounced back from their below-par performance during the Fiji FACT.

"We failed miserably at the Fiji FACT but we still believe in ourselves resulting to the win today," he said.

"I thank the boys for their effort especially to defeat Nadi on their home turf."

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