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Labasa Beat Ba

Labasa Beat Ba
Staff Sergeant Iowane Naivalurua Tulele (left) and defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo outside of Republic of Fiji Military Forces General Court at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks on December 14, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula
September 13
13:26 2014

The Shameel Rao- captained 4R Electrical Ba side’s hope of making the OFC Champions League next season looks slim.

This was after losing 2-0 to a strong Labasa outfit yesterday during the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League match at Govind Park in Ba last night.

Labasa stands a good chance to book a spot in the O-League if they win two more western matches on Sunday against Nadroga and Nadi on Monday.

Suva extended their lead in the points tally with healthy 30 points, ahead of Ba (22) , Nadi (22) while Labasa (20) leaptfroged Rewa (18).

What happened: Labasa avenged their 4-1 loss to the ‘Men in Black’ during pool play of the 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants early last month at the same venue.

And as usual Ba started well with Abbu Zahid, Manasa Nawaikula and Samuela Nabenia looking for early goal but were always denied by goalkeeper Epeli Loaniceva.

In the eighth minute Ba’s nippy Nawaikula had a chance to score but failed to finish.

Later Labasa pressured Ba in the 35th minute defender Apisalome Turuva scored.

Halftime: Labasa 1- 0Ba.

In the 70th minute Joseph Mishra increased the Babasiga Lions lead 2 -0 after he got a pass from Vilikesa Sowani.

Star Plus: Labasa goalkeeper Epeli Loaniceva played a man of the match performance in goal.

Big Play: Striker Samuela Nabenia tried his luck to equalise but failed to nail the goal.


Labasa coach Pita Baleitoga said, “Hats off to the boys as we came here for a win and we got the needed three points. We could have scored more goals but we are satisfied with the result we got from here, and we look forward to two more league matches.”

Ba FA secretary Iliayaz Khan said, “We are very disappointed with this loss as we played with young boys and we failed to capitalise on goal.”



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