President’s Five Rule

THE Fiji FA President’s Five were crowned the champions of the Futsal Invitational Cup 2022 after beating Suva 2-1 in the final at the Vodafone Arena in the Laucala Bay.

Rajneel Chand scored the opener for the President’s Five while Vineet Nadan found the equaliser for Suva.

Prashant Chand was the star for the President’s Five after netting the winner in the 25th minute of play.

Suva defeated Australia Whites 7-5 in the first semi-final while Fiji FA President’s Five won 6-1 against Nasinu in the second semi-final.

The Futsal Invitational Cup featured two teams from Australia, Suva, Lami, Nasinu and the Fiji FA President’s Five.

In the women’s grade, the Australia Women’s side defeated Suva 4-1 in the final.

Fiji FA national futsal coach Jerry Sam said the tournament gave a lot of exposure to our players.

“It was a great tournament and our players learned a lot from the visiting Australian teams,” said Sam.

“I thank the Australian team for coming here and giving our players a tough competition.

“This was the first time women players played an international match and they really played well.

“Congratulations to the Suva Women’s futsal side for giving their best in the tournament and finishing second.”

The women’s competition was played in a robin-robin format featuring Nasinu, Lami, Suva and Australia. The top two teams featured in the final.

Meanwhile, Prashant Chand of Fiji FA President’s Five scooped the Golden Ball Award while goalkeeper Kitione Baleiloa received the Golden Glove Award. Deepal Singh of Suva Futsal was awarded the Golden Boot Award for scoring nine goals in the tournament.

In the women’s grade, Suva’s Litiana Sigavinaka was awarded the Golden Ball Award while goalkeeper Laisa Vuikaba scooped the Golden Glove Award.

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