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Ba beaten again

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, July 20, 2014

NAPOLIONI Qasevakatini proved his class as a clinical finisher guiding Nadi to a 2-1 come from behind victory against defending champions Ba in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League game at Prince Charles Park on Friday.

The victory pushed Nadi to second position above Ba. Suva leads the competition with maximum points from seven matches.

Friday's encounter lived up to expectations with both teams displaying fast paced football.

Ba assistant manager David Ali and player Marika Madigi called the shots from the sideline in the absence of coach Yogendra Dutt and manager Arvind Singh who were suspended on Monday.

The visitors scored first through veteran Peni Finau in the 18th minute after a blunder from Nadi goalkeeper Vereti Dickson who fumbled the ball.

Qasevakatini levelled the scores in the 31st minute before finding the net moments before halftime to put the hosts in front.

Nadi president Navneeda Gounder said they missed many chances.

Gounder said it was pleasing to bounce back after the shock 3-1 loss to Rewa last Sunday.

"Last Sunday the boys were fatigued because they played the business house competition the previous day," he said.

"We cannot stop them from playing because they work for the companies that participate in the business house competition.

"However the win has boosted the morale of the players."

Ba's Ali said they lost to a better team on the day.

When questioned if the suspension of Dutt and Singh would have affected the team's performance, Ali said he wasn't sure what was in the heart of the players.

At 3pm today Lautoka will play Rewa at Churchill Park while Suva will take on Navua at the ANZ Stadium.

Points: Suva 21, Nadi 18, Ba 16, Labasa 12, Rewa 11, Lautoka 7, Nadroga 6, Navua 4.

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