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Rabo nails winner

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, July 21, 2014

VETERAN midfielder Pita Rabo scored in the 91st minute to help leaders Suva beat Navua 3-2 in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League encounter at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

Suva, which is the only unbeaten team in the competition having won all their eight matches so far, were shocked by the visitors when Marika Waqanibau scored the opener in the 31st minute.

Waqanibau sneaked in after a defensive blunder to put Navua up by 1-0 but Nickel Chand cancelled the lead a minute later to go into the break tied at 1-all.

Former Navua player Inia Boko gave Suva the lead in the 69th minute which was cancelled by Vinit Chand in the 77th minute of the play.

Suva tried hard to nail the winner but failed to finish their chances properly before old warhorse Rabo scored to keep the Whites winning streak alive.

Suva coach Gurjit Singh said indiscipline could have cost them the vital three points but hailed the players for the grand comeback.

He said they missed some key players in Antonio Tuivuna, Waisake Navunigasau and Jale Dreloa.

"But it's important that we have won. We have learnt the lesson that we cannot underestimate any team," Singh said.

"All the teams will want to beat us but we want to keep this winning run intact. We have six more games left but it's still a long way."

Suva will face Lautoka this weekend and Singh said looking at the Capital City side's form, they would be a tough side to beat.

"Discipline will be key and we will look into it when we start our training on Tuesday," he added.

Suva leads the national league points table on 24 points followed by Nadi, which has played an extra game, on 18 points.

Ba is third on 16 points after eight matches while Labasa in fourth on 12.

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