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Glory For Suva

Suva is the only team to win the TISI Sangam Inter-District Championship (IDC) back-to-back after beating Nadi 2-1 in extra time at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night. Coach
07 Apr 2015 10:34
Glory For Suva
The Suva team celebrate after beating Nadi in their TISI Sangam Inter-District Competition (IDC) final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night.Suva won 2-1 in extra time. Photo: Rama

Suva is the only team to win the TISI Sangam Inter-District Championship (IDC) back-to-back after beating Nadi 2-1 in extra time at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night.

Coach Allan Jesoni said the team’s hard work over the last three years has really paid off.

“Winning this tournament for the second time is a really big achievement for us and being the only team so far to pull that off is amazing,” Jesoni said.

“Our three years of hard work has paid off and I really take my hat off to the boys for their fighting spirit.

“This tournament is important to us because we had to fight to defend our title and also because the tournament was in our home ground, so we did not want to let the fans down. We want to dedicate this win to all the fans and family of the players.”

Jesoni said though they won the final, Nadi was a formidable opponent to play against as he reckons they are the team to watch next year.

“We are really honoured to play against a team like Nadi, they were a good side and really made us work hard on the field,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nadi coach Aman Kumar said despite the loss, reaching the finals after a lapse of 19 years was a big achievement that his players should be proud of.

“I am really happy with how my team performed,” Kumar said.

“We reached the final and won in 1996 and to be here again after 19 years shows that hard work has paid off,” Kumar said.

“We’ve a young side and this is just only the beginning for them. We will take what we have learned here and come back even stronger next year with an aim to beat Suva.”

Suva’s Navneel Naicker scored the first goal just before halftime to give Suva the lead but that did not last long as Nadi’s Shivneel Rao scored the equaliser just after halftime catching Suva goalkeeper Vinesh Pillay off guard.

The game went into extra time as both teams struggled to find the back of the net until the second half of extra time when Suva’s Shahil Dave scored a brilliant goal just outside the box to seal the deal for Suva.

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