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Saweni wins tourney

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, November 02, 2017

SAWENI created history by winning the Ma'unatul Islam Sports Association sanctioned SM Koya Memorial Football Championship for the first time at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Sunday.

The side upset favourites Lautoka 5-4 in a penalty shootout during the final.

Lautoka had the services of current district mid fielder Zibraaz Sahib and former reps Saiyaz Rahiman and Mohammed Taslim.

The match ended 1-all after 90 minutes.

Both teams also scored a goal each in extra time.

In the semi-finals, Lautoka thrashed Meigunyah 4-0 while Saweni defeated Drasa 2-1.

The association's president Mohammed Rafiq said the atmosphere during the final was electrifying.

Rafiq said New Zealand took out the under-13 division beating Fiji 2-0.

He said it was one of the best games of the tournament.

"We will invite more overseas teams next year," Rafiq said.

Mohammed Zynal of Saweni was named as the player of the tournament. Drasa Vitogo took out the most discipline team award. Taslim won the golden boot award while Tafraaz Ali of Saweni claimed the golden glove award.

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