MAGAZINES

How Ba Won Veterans Tournament

The Ba veterans side was crowned the new RC Manubhai /Apco Coatings Fiji International Veterans champion on Sunday at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. The side ousted defending champions Suva
09 Oct 2014 09:35
How Ba Won Veterans Tournament

The Ba veterans side was crowned the new RC Manubhai /Apco Coatings Fiji International Veterans champion on Sunday at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

The side ousted defending champions Suva Masters in the semifinals 2-0 to book a place in final against New Zealand Lautoka Masters.

Final turned out to be a tight contest as both teams remained goal less after normal and two spells of extra time. NZ Lautoka Masters was awarded a penalty in the dying stages but the shot hit the cross bar.

Penalty kicks decided the fate of clash as Ba came out strong to clinch the title with a 4-3 victory.

Dhiren Chandra, Jope Lomu, Chandra Segran Naidu and Mosese Valewalu were on target for the Ba Veterans side. Joji Rasila, Waisale Rasoki, Devend Krishna sucuessfully converted three of the five NZ Lautoka penalties.

Ba Veterans side walked away the first prize money of $4000 and NZ Lautoka Masters settled with the runner up prize of $2000.

Ba Veterans captain Apimeleki Vunisa applauded his side and mangament for the effort.

“We are happy with the win as our oppenents gave us a hard match but I thank the boys for the effort this weekend,” he said.

The likes of JopeLomu, ApimelekiVunisa, Mosese Valewalu, Jone Sakele Naulu, TomuSaiwale, Elias Mohammed and Viliame Batidegei were some of the reps in the Ba Veterans side while their oppenents had the services of Waisale Rasoki and Penaia Bale.

NZ Lautoka Masters president Albert Lal said they were unlucky.

“We had the chance but could not nail the penalty. We are disappointed but happy to reach the final,” he said.

Earlier in the semifinals NZ Lautoka Masters thumped Nadroga Veterans 4-1. Ba beat Suva Masters 2-0.

Mohammed Yusuf, the Fiji FA NZ liaison officer thanked the participating teams.

“The former Fiji greats displayed wonderful football over the four days and must be commended for their effort. The public present at the venue enjoyed the matches and we hope to see the event get bigger in the coming years,” Yusuf said.

Suva Masters player/manager Tama Vosuga backed the idea of an annual veterans tournament.

“A tournament like this has given the former reps an opportunity to come together. This goes to show that Fiji Football Association has not forgotten about the former national and district reps and I must thank them. I hope that this event will continue to be staged and get bigger and better,” Vosuga said.

The NZ Fiji FA INC. and Fiji FA have jointly organised the international veterans tournament for the past two seasons.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel applauded the former national and district reps.

Teams from Australia  have confirmed their participation for next years event and USA who entered the event this year have once again agreed to participate next year.

 

Fijisun E-edition
Total Excellium
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper