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Losavati A Proud Mum

Losavati Cobuka was a proud Mum yesterday. Not only because its Mother’s Day but also because her son Taniela Waqa captained North Pole Hotel Labasa to win the 2015 Vodafone
11 May 2015 10:09
Losavati A Proud Mum
Labasa captain Taniela Waqa with relatives at the 2015 Vodafone Fijian FACT final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Losavati Cobuka was a proud Mum yesterday. Not only because its Mother’s Day but also because her son Taniela Waqa captained North Pole Hotel Labasa to win the 2015 Vodafone Fijian FACT.

The ‘Babasiga Lions’ broke the 16-year-old jinx to beat Rewa 2-0 in the final at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

“This is the proud moment for me to see my son lead Labasa to win,” Cobuka said.

“My son faced a lot of obstacle and I’m proud to be by his side.”

Waqa, who is the youngest out of his five siblings, played an instrumental game for Labasa.

The former Lautoka player defied all odds to recover from his ankle injury to play in the final.

In the heavily contested semifinal match last Saturday against Lautoka, Waqa sustained an ankle injury and was in doubt to play in the final.

“This win is the gift to my Mum and to all the mothers,” Waqa said.

“Having my mum by my side boost me and I’m so proud.

“I have been away from my mother and my family for two weeks and I’m proud to go home with this gift to my Mum.

Ravinesh Karan Singh scored the beautiful goal in the first half. Singh headed the ball from Edwin Shahayam’s cross to score the first goal in the final.

Rewa player Simione Maikali was shown the red card for his dangerous tackle on Labasa player Shahayam.

Labasa led 1-0 at half time.

In the second half, both sides took cautious approach in the match.

Singh had the first opportunity to score first in the second half of play as he had only Rewa’s Simione Tamanisau to beat but he failed to score. Labasa maintained its consistency in the match and was able to score their second goal when Taione Kerevanua pounced on a loose ball in the box to score Labasa’s 2-0 way to victory.

Labasa received $15,000 while Rewa got $4000.

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