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Simione Tamanisau makes a daring save. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
June 18
10:23 2017

Rewa and defending champions Nadi are in for a titanic battle in the Vodafone Fiji FACT final at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori at 2.30pm today.

Both teams boosted with national reps aim to win the first Fiji Football Association–sanctioned tournament of 2017.

The ‘Delta Tigers’ edged Labasa 6-5 in the first semifinal which ended in a penalty shootout.  The teams were locked 1-1 at fulltime and failed to score in extra time.

In the second semifinal, defending champions Nadi sent Suva home winning 6-2 in a one- sided match.

Nadi coach Viliame Toma said they are ready to defend their title.

“This tournament means a lot to us and we are confident of defending it again,” Toma said.

The former national/Nadi defender in his first major coaching assignment wants to start his career with a FACT victory today.

“I came back last year after playing abroad and it feels good to coach Nadi,”Toma said.

“We have four national reps with us and they are very good players.

“We will rely on these players to guide the team. The national reps played well and I am impressed with their performance.”

Goalkeeper Vereti Dickson, Ilimotama Jese, Waisake Tabucava, Napolioni Qasevakatini and Rusiate Matererega will be up against an equally good Rewa side who have national reps like Iosefo Verevou, Tevita Waranivalu and Simione Tamanisau.

The Delta Tigers last won the tournament in 2011 and Rewa coach Marika Rodu is optimistic of defending their turf with the guidance of senior reps.

Meanwhile, Fiji FA is expecting a good crowd today.

“Both teams have national reps and the final should be a cracker,” Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said.

“There are five national reps in the Rewa team while Nadi have four and fans should expect a good showdown.”

Yusuf is also urging fans to show up and support their teams.

“I expect another good crowd in the final,” Yusuf said.

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