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Fadil Khan scored the winning goal for New Zealand in their 3-2 win against Australia in the Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America (FANCA) tournament final at Ratu Cakobau Park
20 Oct 2014 14:47
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2014 FANCA Tournament winners New Zealand at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Fadil Khan scored the winning goal for New Zealand in their 3-2 win against Australia in the Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America (FANCA) tournament final at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday.

What happened: Iwa Shaker scored two goals while Khan scored the winner to give New Zealand the victory.

Australia had their chances to score but lacked the finishing.

Star Turn: Iwa Shaker was the toast of the New Zealand side.The stylish player scored two beautiful goals which gave Australian goalkeeper no chance to stop. The first goal was a powerful piledriver inside the box.

Joey Ali was the star for Australia after scoring two goals.

Comments: New Zealand Coach Shameer Ali praised his players.

“It was a tough match and I am proud of my players’ performance.

“Our players have worked hard to win and they deserve the win,” Ali added.

Australia Coach Faiyaz Khan said his players have done their best.

“We had our chances but we failed to take it.”

Tourney a success

Organizers of the FANCA tournament praised Fiji for successfully hosting the tournament.

The four-day tournament ended at Nausori’s Ratu Cakobau Park on a high note yesterday.

FANCA vice-president Mohammed Yusuf said the tournament was a huge success.

“Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States played in the four-day tournament,” Yusuf said.

He says the tournament brings out the best in players and also enhances the development of football in the region.

“In 2017 the tournament will again be played in Fiji,” Yusuf said.

The tournament was opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday.

Canada won the Over-42 grade while Fiji won the Over-35 grade beating Australia in the final.

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