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Back in top flight

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TAILEVU Naitasiri had been knocking on the promotion door for the past four years and now they have finally made it into the Super Premier division.

The Tagi Vonolagi-coached side overcame Savusavu in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna Viti Levu/Vanua Levu play-off 2014 to gain automatic promotion to the top tier competition.

A brace of goals from Keni Doidoi and a strike to Josaia Ratu gave the side a 3-0 victory over Savusavu at the Fiji Football Association Academy ground in Suva on Sunday.

The result meant Tailevu Naitasiri won on aggregate of 6-2 after having won the first game 3-2 in Vanua Levu.

Vonolagi said it was the proudest moment for his district because it was the first time they would play in the top competition.

"We have been trying consistently to get into the Super Premier division but had been losing in the promotion/relegation matches," he said.

"But this year, since it was automatic promotion for the top premier side, we worked really hard to ensure we win all our games and we did — we finished the season unbeaten."

The former national skipper said he worked hard for four years to mould a winning combination.

"I have been with the side for the past four years and we have come very close but this time we did it.

"Some of our senior players left the district but we stayed and continued working with the players and we finally have the winning combination.

"We look forward to playing in the Super Premier division because there was no competition for us in the Premier division."

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