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BOG top four

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, August 25, 2014

A southern versus western final is guaranteed at the 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants at the ANZ Stadium this Sunday after defending champions Ba, hosts Suva, Rewa and Lautoka qualified for the semi-finals from the group stage at Govind Park yesterday.

Suva topped Group A with maximum points from three games while Lautoka finished second with two wins and a loss.

Ba topped Group B via goal differential from Rewa after both teams recorded two wins and a draw.

Each of the four qualifiers have a chance to create a new record with victory on Sunday.

For Ba a win will earn them their 17th BOG title and a third time of winning it for three consecutive years or more.

For Rewa victory will earn them their sixth title and move them above Nadi to second position on the roll of honour.

For Suva and Lautoka it will be victory after a long wait.

Lautoka last won the BOG title in 1985 with players such as Sam Work and Kelemedi "Cheetah" Vosuga beating Suva 2-0 in the final.

Suva's last win in the BOG was on home soil in 1995 with Intiaz Khan and Navitilai Visawaqa scoring the goals in the final against Navua.

Suva coach Gurjit Singh said they did not want to place pressure on the players.

Singh said things would get tougher from the semi-final onwards.

"We hope to play normal football that we have been playing," he said.

"There are areas that we need to improve on and we have couple of days to work on that. We will prepare well but Noa Vukica remains on the injury list.

"For the southern fans they need to come out and support us as we will display good football. All the four teams will be aiming to win the tournament."

Suva completed the group stage beating Lautoka 1-0 while Ba hammered Labasa 4-1 last night.

Ba Football Association secretary Iliaz Khan said with their 17th title at stake, they hope to be the last team standing on Sunday.

"With the blessing of the Almighty and the vanua we will be playing the last game of the BOG," Khan said.

"We are happy with the big win against Labasa though we had already qualified for the semi-final before that match

"The message was to maintain our momentum heading into the semi-final and not lose the formation."

In the first semi-final on Saturday at 2pm, Suva will play Rewa while at 4pm Ba will take on Lautoka.

The winner of the BOG will walk away $11,000 richer.

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