Suva Veterans through into quarters

DEFENDING champions Suva Masters qualified for the RC Manubhai/APCO Coatings International Veterans Tournament quarter-finals after recording its second victory at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

Former national rep Manoa Masi showed his class scoring both goals against Nadi Veterans in the 2-0 win.

On Day One, Masi also scored two goals in the 3-0 win against New Zealand Nadro Masters.

Ba Legends also booked its spot in the quarter-finals after beating Nadroga Veterans 2-1.

Lorima Batirerega and Taito Bula scored the goals for the Men in Black while Petaia Natasiwai scored for the Nadroga Veterans.

In another fixture Suva Veterans beat New Zealand Levuka Masters 2-1.

Meanwhile, all funds collected from the tournament will be used to assist the children of former national football reps.

Former Fiji FA vice president Mohammed Yusuf who is the parent body’s liaison officer in New Zealand said they would be assisting in getting the basic needs of the children.

“All revenue collected from this tournament will not go to Fiji FA but to a fund which will be used to assist the children of former Fiji internationals,” Yusuf said.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said the veteran’s tournament had the potential to grow in years to come.

“This is a very special event for Fiji FA,” Patel said.

“The former reps have entertained the fans for a number of years and it is only fitting to hold a veterans tournament which gives an opportunity to these players to celebrate their achievements.

“Also it gives a chance for the younger generation to see who these prominent figures are.”

The veteran’s tournament is jointly organised by Fiji Football Association and New Zealand Fiji FA Inc.

A total of 12 teams are part of the tournament this year with three teams from New Zealand and one from the United States of America.

The winner of the tournament will receive $4000 while the runner-up will get $2000. The losing semi-finalist will get $500 each.

The quarter-finals will be played today.

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