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Making it count

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, September 04, 2014

OUT of all the things the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants (BOG) final between Rewa and Lautoka taught us, making the opportunities count really stood out.

Well, that eventually made the difference.

It was all Lautoka in the second spell but that quick thinking from Rewa's Misaele Draunibaka and well co-ordinated pass from Garish Prasad provided Setareki Hughes the opportunity to seal the match.

The strike from the volley in the 83rd minute is now history but for Lautoka fans, it will be a reminder of how close they came to breaking the winless drought which now stands at 30 years.

That was the best opportunity the Delta Tigers had in the second spell and they did well to make it count.

This Rewa team, if remained unchanged in the latest transfer window, has a great future ahead of them.

The Marika Rodu-coached side has a perfect blend of young and experienced players.

Guarded well by skipper Simione Tamanisau in defence and ably supported by veterans Lorima Dau and Simione Maikali, Rewa's fast and furious attackers make the side one of most lethal teams in the domestic competition.

Upfront, they have youngsters Garish, Hughes, Draunibaka, Savenaca Nakalevu, Shellveen Prasad and Ratu Lomasalato who can put the fear of God into the defenders they take on.

The rise of Rewa after two seasons of disappointing performance was overdue.

Coach Rodu invested that time on the development of the youngsters and their patience is finally reaping rewards.

This just makes the Holy Grail of Fiji football, the Inter District Championship, a tournament to look forward to.

Lautoka has a talented squad but needs some quick fix in defence. The Sugar City side has a battle to contest before IDC to remain in the super premier league competition.

Ba is another team with an excellent mix of experienced and young players but with all due respect to their decision makers, they need a coach to guide them through.

It's quite evident from their game, when they hit crunch time, the brains to get them out of the crisis is lacking.

Gurjit Singh's Suva was just unlucky in this tournament but judging from the reaction of some players, they need some soul searching and commitment for the Whites.

A quick look at the English Premier League competition. Of course, not the start many Manchester United fans would have asked for.

Louis van Gaal continues to hunt for his first EPL win as the Red Devils prepare to face QPR next weekend.

Big money has been spent to build the squad at Old Trafford but how long will it take to materialise? It may take a while.

Congrats to Chelsea and its fans for a grand start.





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