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Bible Story Inspires Rewa

Bible Story Inspires Rewa
July 24
11:06 2017

A biblical story shared by Rewa coach Marika Rodu to his players at the break catapulted them to securing the INKK Battle of the Giants tournament and $15,000 following their 2-1 win over Nadi.

Prolific striker Iosefo Verevou was the toast of his side and the contingent of Rewa fans who converged at Churchill Park under the blistering western heat.

Rodu said after the match he imparted to his players at the break about the story of Abraham and Sarah who were without children and asked God to help them overcome their difficulties in getting a child.

Rodu said the message was merely to overcome their weakness and difficulties in trying to score and rely on divine intervention to help them win.

His religious tactic worked as the men from the delta secured their second trophy for the season, after winning the Vodafone Fiji FACT.

The game was one of the best witnessed by the 6000 fans as the pace never let up from the opening whistle till the end.

The teams were locked 0-0 at the break and with both sides having their fair share of attacks.

In the second spell, Rewa’s hunting pack of Verevou, Lorima Dau, Tevita Waranaivalu and Epeli Saukuru started to find gaps along the flanks and this was where they continued to mount their attacks.

Nadi’s Rusiate Matererega came close to scoring with a powerful leftfooter in the 47th minute but seasoned goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau defended well.

In the 56th minute, Rewa broke away and sent the ball along the left flank to Verevou.

His rocket shot was mishandled by Nadi goalkeeper Vereti Dickson and the ball rebounded off the crossbar and onto his back and into the goalmouth.

With the lead Rewa looked like holding on but 12 minutes later, Tamanisau made the same error in goal and Matirerega was on hand to tap the ball into the net.

When all seemed like heading to a draw, an unmarked Verevou was given a through pass by Waranaivalu and his close range shot left Dickson with no chance of stopping it.

Rodu said the bonding of players was the mainstay of the team and he was pleased with the outcome.

“It has been a long season and our next focus would be the Vodafone Premier League and qualifying for the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League.”

He said the Courts Inter-District in October was not on their mind right now.

Rewa Football president Nazeel Buksh said the executive committee would meet next week to decide on the celebrations.

Nadi’s Yogendra Datt said there was nothing wrong with how they perfromed in the final but Rewa took their chances and won.

“We had scoring chances but did not capitalise on it but I am happy that Nadi is a team to be reckoned with.”

Datt was asked to help Nadi out and he was satisfied he had brought them to where they are now.

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