Suva in the semis

RAVINESH Karan Singh scored a late winner for Suva against Navua yesterday to book his side a berth in the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants semi-finals at the ANZ Stadium next weekend.

Singh penetrated the stubborn Navua defence in the 86th minute as the players struggled to perform in the hot conditions. The second loss marked Navua’s early exit from the tournament.

With a few injury concerns Suva coach Gurjeet Singh is likely to make changes for the final group match against Lautoka today.

Singh said the heat was the major factor that affected his team’s performance against Navua.

He said they were denied scoring opportunities in the first half by the opposition defenders.

“I had predicted that Navua would give us a tougher challenge,” Singh said.

“In the first half we did not get any chance of scoring because the defence was tight. In the second half we picked up and had a lot of attempts.

“We are through to the semi-final but have a game against Lautoka.

“There are a few players such as Noa Vukica and Waisake Navunigasau who are carrying injuries and will be rested. Also Atonio Tuivuna has a yellow card and will most probably be benched.”

Navua lost to Lautoka 1-0 on Friday and will play Nadroga in a dead rubber this morning.

Navua Football Association president Gopal Naidu said they had targeted a draw against Suva.

Naidu said the focus would now be to bow out of the tournament on a winning note.

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