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‘Suva will deliver’

May 16
12:00 2010

image Written By : RITESH KUMAR. Cedric Dutt scored the winning goal for BIC Power Electric Suva in a convincing 3-0 win over Viva Rewa in the Fiji SUN/Weet-Bix National Football League at TFL National Stadium in Suva yesterday.
The capital city side was on fire at their home ground and played like a well combination side.
And the Suva Coach Dennis Singh has assured the fans that the team will deliver the goods this year by winning a major tournament which the fans have been waiting for.
“I would like to make a promise to the Suva fans that the team will definitely win a major tournament,” Singh said.
“After a chop and change in previous NFL games, the combination is clicking well.
“From the start of the NFL competition I had fielded the players within the squad and they are now producing the results and I am happy that we have defeated an experienced Rewa side,” Singh said.
Suva striker Lisala Vetaukula rifled a powerful shot outside Rewa’s box in the 34th minute of the first half to put Suva up by 1-0.
Rewa made mistakes in defense and Suva again replied with a stylish goal which was scored by Joshua Tuasulia in the 44th minute as the capital side led 2-0 at halftime.
“I made some technical move in key position which resulted in the win,” Singh said.
“There has been lot of criticisms about the team in the media but I had faith with my players.
“When I was the coach of Lautoka in 2007 I faced the same scenario as there were lot of criticisms about the team after we failed to win tournaments,” Singh said.
“In 2008 Lautoka started to produce the results by winning the tournaments.
“With Suva I had different policy and my aim is to win major titles this year,” he said.
“I knew that my sacrifice and dedication will be fruitful someday and I can now see that dedication from the players,” Singh said.
“I have been switching players to play at different positions and it worked well”. Rewa missed several goal scoring opportunities in the second half which led to their downfall.
Rewa strikers failed to find the net as their shots went across the Suva goal-mouth.
Dutt replied with a well earned goal after he took advantage of a beautiful corner kick and headed the ball in to put Suva up by 3-0.
Veresa Toma who was substituted in the second half failed to strike for Rewa as they kept hunting to score their first goal.
It makes Rewa’s scenario more tough when striker Epeli Saukuru was red carded in the 89th minute of play for stamping Suva player Krishna Sami.
Rewa president Pranil Singh said poor finishing and lapse of concentration in defense led to their downfall.
“We missed lot of goal scoring opportunities in the first and second half.
“Most of our senior reps like Simione Tamanisau and Veresa Toma carried injuries after a draw against Weet-Bix Shop N Save Lautoka,” Singh said.
“They were substituted in the second half and we had to play catch up game.”
“Rewa will definitely bounce back for the Vodafone Fiji FACT tournament,” Singh added.
Suva: Mesake Navitikula, Krishna Sami, Sandeep Nair, Anish Kumar, Inosi Cava, Luke Ha atevea, Joseph Mishra, Joshua Tuasulia, Shamil Rao, Lisala Vetaukula, Tomasi Tuqalo
Substitute: Cedrick Dutt.
Reserve: Ilimeleki Tukai, Dawin Maeriua, Maciu Tuilau, Leone Damudamu, Rizwan Ali, Edwin Sahayal
Yellow Cards: Sandeep Nair.
Goal Scorers: Lisa Vetaukula (34th minute), Joshua Tuasulia (44th minute), Cedrick Dutt (49th minute).
Rewa: Uliasi Tamanisau, Marika Rodu, Peter Parmesh, Peneame Drova, Solomone Niulevu, James Naka, Netani Doli, Nathan Kumar, Casten Wise, Peneasi Vakasaukuru, Epeli Saukuru.
Substitutes: Simione Tamanisau, Veresa Toma
Yellow Card: Solomone Niulevu
Red Card: Epeli Saukuru (89th minute).

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