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Ba is top bet in BOG

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, August 29, 2014

IF history is anything to go by, Ba will be the top favourites to win the 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants (BOG) tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this Sunday.

The Men in Black won the BOG title 16 times from the 22 finals they played.

Ba is the defending champions after winning the title over Lautoka 3-1 at Govind Park last year and will be eyeing for a three-year in a row win this year.

Ba also won the BOG title in 2012.

In the repeat of last year's final, Ba will take on neighbours Lautoka tomorrow in the second semi-final at 5pm.

The Sugar City side had won the BOG title only once in 1985 after beating Rewa 3-0 in Suva.

The Lambert Sarju-coached, which will head into the semis as the underdog, will be eyeing a major upset against Ba to end its 29 year winless drought.

In the opening semi-final, host Suva will face Rewa at 3pm in the much anticipated southern derby.

Suva won the BOG titles three times with the last one in 1995 where the Whites defeated Navua 2-1 at home.

Underdogs Rewa head into the match with a better record having won the title five times.

The Delta Tigers last won the BOG in 2011 after beating Suva 4-3 in penalty kicks. Defender Lorima Dau slotted the deciding spot kick to hand Rewa the title that year.

Meanwhile the ticket prices are: Grandstand: $15 (adults): $6 (children); Concrete Embankment: $10 (adults), $4 (children); Grass Embankment: $8 (adults), $3 (children).

Gates will open at 1pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.

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