Football | SPORTS

Brothers Play For Their Fallen Dad

Brothers Luke Savu and Tomasi Osborne are looking forward to play together for the Ba football side when the Courts Interdistrict Champions gets underway today at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.
05 Oct 2022 16:20
Brothers Play For Their Fallen Dad
Brothers (from left) Luke Savu and Thomas Osborne train with the Ba football team at Nailaga Village in Ba on October 4, 2022. Their dad and former star Ba and national striker Taito Bula passed away early this year. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Brothers Luke Savu and Tomasi Osborne are looking forward to play together for the Ba football side when the Courts Interdistrict Champions gets underway today at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

They are the sons of legendary Ba and national striker Taito Bula who passed away early his year.

Savu, 29, said this year’s IDC would be his fourth while his 24-year-old brother Osborne, a former secondary school sprinter would be making his debut.

“This is a great outing for us as we continue to follow our dad’s footstep,” said Savu.

Ba coach Imdad Ali also confirmed that Osborne and New Zealand-based Mohamme Nabil are playing their first IDC tournament this weekend

“We’ve been camping in Nailaga for sometimes now and we should be hav­ing more players joining us.”

The Ba Football Association has roped in the services of Chilean based- strength and conditioning coach Ani­bal Maximiliano Paris San Martin.

The RC Manubhai-sponsored Ba foot­ball officials are banking on young players to lift their game during the IDC.

Ali said he has faith in his young bri­gade.

“I’m confident my boys will cause some major upsets during the compe­tition despite our recent hiccups,” Ali said.

“We have players who have the abili­ty to fight their way through the group matches and make it to the semifinals and final.

“I want to say that all teams are good. These are teams that will be playing games with a lot of experienced play­ers who had been together for quite some time.

“We are trying to put up a team be­cause it takes time to build a strong team these boys are really putting their hands up.

“The boys have been doing well and we hope that they will do well during the IDC. We are determined for a good outing,” said Ali.

Ba players led by coach Imdad Ali (right) and Courts officials with the Courts IDC torch in Ba on October 3, 2022. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Ba players led by coach Imdad Ali (right) and Courts officials with the Courts IDC torch in Ba on October 3, 2022. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Ba is drawn in Pool B with arch-ri­vals Labasa, Rewa, and Lautoka.

Ba opens their IDC campaign against neighbours Lautoka at 5pm today.

Their second match is against Rewa tomorrow at 5pm and their final pool battle is against Labasa on Friday at 6pm.

All teams will rest on Saturday with semifinals on Sunday.

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