Blessing in disguise
20 July, 2017, 12:00 am
Disgruntled northern fans expressed their disappointment via social media about the Inkk BOG being shifted from Subrail Park. While I empathise with my fellow northern brothers and sisters, I ask my comrades from the North to accept Fiji FA’s decision and be positive.
While ardent fans from the Friendly North won’t be able to see the Babasiga Lions roaring in the semis and final, they must remember our boys in their prayers. Labasa will be playing away from home but trust me Ratu Cakobau Park will be flooded with fans chanting jag lal lal lal.
After an impressive outing and winning all their pool games and not conceding any goal, Labasa had high hope of playing in front of their home fans but this hope was dashed when Fiji FA announced that the tournament would be shifted to the mainland.
Suddenly Fiji FA remembered that they had to work on logistics and that it would be expensive to charter three teams to the North. I wonder where these logistics were when Fiji FA sent six teams across to Vanua Levu for the pool play and why didn’t any Fiji FA official have the lion’s heart to announce at the end of day three that the tournament was being shifted!
Thank you Fiji FA for this wonderful decision because I am confident that this decision will be a blessing in disguise for Labasa fans. I am betting on the red brigade to turn on the accelerator and leave an impression away from home. My best wishes to Gurjit and Shalen Lal in their bid to win their first Inkk BOG title with Labasa! To the lions, please play your hearts out and do your fans proud.
The Flying Fijians have shown our Pacific neighbours that venues don’t decide the winner and that guts, determination and patriotism win games. All the best team Labasa. Let’s end our BOG drought!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu