Lautoka Win Muslim IDC
Lautoka are the new winners of the Vodafone Muslim Interdistrict Championship after beating Valelevu 2-0 in the final at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.
Sheik Mohammed Nazif and Tabraz Shah came through for the side in the second half by scoring a goal each in a span of two minutes.
Lautoka captain Feroz Ali said they played in the competition with only 14 players.
“So to win it is really important not only to us but to the fans as well who have shown their support,” Ali said.
“The boys played their hearts out and as they were proud to represent Lautoka. Valelevu was a tough side, I take my hat off to them for their performance, they held us in the first half but I’m proud of my boys for playing their hearts out.
“There are only a few experienced players who have been guiding the team without a coach and I think we did a pretty good job with them.
“This competition is a good platform to develop the young players, not only in our team but in other teams as well.
“We don’t get much competition throughout the year, so this is a good way to get game time for all the teams out there.
“We are thankful for the support from the fans and everyone who has had backed us and especially to the players for doing their best throughout the tournament.”
Valelevu football manager Faizal Sharif said despite the loss they are using the IDC as a build-up for the Inter Club Competition (ICC) in October.
“We managed to get out of the pool stages and I think that was our main aim so we’ve achieved that.
“The players played an excellent game and it was just a shame that we could not win but that is what football is all about, there is a winner and a loser, you just have to learn from the mistakes.
“Lautoka had the opportunities and they capitalised on it, whereas we had the chances but did not make use of it.”
Edited by Leone Cabenatabua