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Suva wins opener

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, August 23, 2014

INIA Boko showed his class as a smart finisher scoring twice in Suva's 4-0 whitewash of Nadroga during the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants at Govind Park in Ba yesterday.

Boko who signed up with Suva from Navua this season, scored the opener in the first half with a powerful drive and then sealed the victory with a classic back heel to stun Alifereti Baleiloa under the Nadroga crossbar.

The floodgates opened in the second spell after Nadroga defender Ravinesh Dass in a hasty clearance blasted the ball to the roof of the net for an own goal.

Suva captain Pita Rabo who was vocal throughout the fixture scored the other goal.

Nadroga with backing of the Ba fans failed to live up to expectations after upsetting Suva in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League a few weeks ago.

Suva coach Gurjeet Singh said they picked up momentum in the second half.

Singh praised Boko for igniting the strike force.

"It was a good win playing in the hot conditions after some time," he said.

"But in the first half we did not play according to the game plan and lost a lot of possession. In the second spell the boys picked up.

"The pool is tough and I told the boys not to underestimate any team because we lost to Nadroga in the National League.

"It is very important to perform.

"Both the goals that Inia scored were good. But it was the contribution of all the players. Hopefully we maintain the momentum."

Nadroga coach Joseph Nitya Nand remained optimistic of his team's chances despite the big loss.

Nand said they needed to regroup.

"We knew that Suva would come out fighting after we beat them recently," he said.

"They were experienced and were technically and tactically superior.

"Suva was just too good on the day. We have to regroup as there are two games left and have to score goals to win matches."

In the last match last night host Ba defeated Nadi 1-0.

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