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Men in Black wary of Sugar City side

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOOTBALL giants Ba is wary of Lautoka in the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants semi-final today.

The Western neighbours will tussle at 5pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Ba Football Association secretary Iliaz Khan said they had a lot of respect for Lautoka despite the side being the underdog in today's clash.

He said they had united for a purpose and the team would do their best to achieve its mission.

"We have respect for all teams including Lautoka. Semi-final will be a different game but we have a plan and we will play accordingly," Khan said.

The Men in Black is without a coach and Khan said the players had taken the responsibility to prepare themselves for the final.

He said the support from the fans and officials had boosted the morale of the team.

"Ba has always been united and we will take that approach in the semi-final," Khan said.

"Ba's record speaks for itself but it will be the 90-minute game which will decide our fate in this tournament."

Youngster Praneel Naidu will miss today's game after copping consecutive yellow cards in the group stage last week.

Khan said they had players to cover for Naidu.

"I want to thank the Ba officials, club officials, the fans and the vanua of Ba for their support. We also acknowledge the support of the families and the loved ones of our players who have been in camp and thank the Almighty for giving us strength."

Ba:

Epeli Codro, Avinesh Waran Suwamy, Meli Codro, Praneel Naidu, Ronil Kumar, Jone Vesikula, Samuela Nabenia, Manasa Nawakula Junior, Abbu Zaheed Saheed, Maveliko Nakama, Josefata Neibuli, Remueru Tekiata, Kiniviliame Naika, Shamil Rao, Narendra Rao, Saula Waqa Matayalo, Sitiveni Cavuilagi, Laisenia Naioko, Aisea Codro, Jonetani Buksh, Misiwani Nairube, Jone Sorolo .


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