17 July, 2017, 12:00 am
SUVA is out of contention for the 2017 Inkk Battle of the Giants (BOG) after it drew with Rakiraki 1-1 at Subrail Park in Labasa, yesterday.
The Capital City side needed to beat Rakiraki by at least more than five goals to qualify for the semi-finals.
Despite scoring early in fifth minute of the first half to striker Pita Rabo, they could not create opportunities for themselves.
Their efforts were not helped when their skipper Jale Dreloa was red-carded in the 56th minute of the match.
Rakiraki capitalised on the mismatch of numbers and scored through Kasim Khan in the 77th minute.
According to Suva’s technical official, Tuka Kisam, they were disappointed with the results.
He said they would now go back to the drawing board and prepare for their next Vodafone-sponsored National League games.
“We are disappointed, but it is what it is. We just got to look at the positive side and prepare for the league games coming up,” Kisam said.
“We couldn’t create enough chances and get in front of the goal and shoot and score.
“That is something we are going to work on at training.
“Hopefully come back stronger in the next tournament and the next league game,” he said.