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Rokotakala, 40, Seals Win For Navua

Rokotakala, 40, Seals Win For Navua
Nadroga goal keeper Shaneel Naidu fail to stop Navua’s Seveci Rokotakals header during the Courts IDC Senior division final on October 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
October 11
10:32 2018

Navua 2: (Vineet Chand 1 goal, Seveci Roko­takala 1 goal)

Nadroga 0

What happened; Navua won the 2018 Courts Inter-District Championship senior division final after defeating Nadroga 2-0 at the ANZ Stadium yester­day.

The win was special to the oldest player in the competition Seveci Rokotakala who scored the sec­ond goal and sealed the win for Navua in the sec­ond half.

The 40-year old, who had been playing for Navua since 1997, was instrumental in the second half displaying great leadership skills and kept on re­minding the players to believe in themselves. This was after the two sides were locked scoreless at halftime.

“I told the boys to believe in themselves and be confident and give their all in the last 45 minutes.

“We want to dedicate this win to all the support­ers and fans of Navua football and also to the team management for their dedication,” Rokotakala said.

The veteran’s advice stirred Navua in the sec­ond half as they were able to put Nadroga under pressure. Team captain Vineet Chand scored their opening goal before Rokotakala sealed the victory.

Speaking to SUNsports Rokotakala confirmed he would quit when Navua is being promoted to the Premier division.

“I’ve been with Navua ever since we were in Pre­mier division and demoted to senior division. After this win I have decided to retire after Navua is be­ing promoted to Premier division where it rightly belongs,” he added.

Big Play: Nadroga displayed an entertaining game.

Star Turn: Navua regrouped well in the second half.

Comments; Nadroga head coach Joseph Nand; “We had our scoring chances but we couldn’t make it. We lost to a better side.” Edited by Osea Bola


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