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Setback for Ba

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, October 13, 2017

BA suffered a major blow after captain Remueru Tekiate was sent off in the 2-all draw against Dreketi during the Courts Inter District Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

Tekiate was given the marching orders after stomping a Dreketi player in the second spell.

Referee Veer Singh did not hesitate following the crude challenge reaching to his pocket to flash the red card.

The send off means Tekiate is on automatic suspension and will miss the semi-final tomorrow.

Tekiate plays a pivotal role for Ba in defence.

Ba having already qualified for the semi-final rested some key players such as Meli Codro, Manasa Nawakula and Samuela Nabenia in the dead rubber.

Dreketi shocked the favourites when Taniela Rakariva scored the opener.

However Patrick Sarwan equalised for Ba and then Malakai Rakula put the side up 2-1 before half time. Dreketi maintained the pressure and levelled through Vikranth Chandra in the last ten minutes.

It was a fine finish by Dreketi in the tournament after going down to Rewa 5-1 in the opening match.

Dreketi technical adviser Ronil Lal said the boys played their hearts out.

"We need to maintain this performance game in game out," Lal said.

"The boys will need to work hard and the future looks bright for Dreketi. Our boys are now based in Vanua Levu.

"Previously some used to travel from Suva. Now they are training together," he said.

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