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Onus on Ba: Zahid

4R Electrical Ba striker Abbu Zahid is confident his team can win the 24th 2015 Courts IDC title. The nippy striker was instrumental in breaking the hearts of Nadi players
03 Oct 2015 15:00
Onus on Ba: Zahid
4R Electric Ba reps Narendra Rao jnr, Abbu Zahid, Josaia Ratu and Malakai Rakula in Ba. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

4R Electrical Ba striker Abbu Zahid is confident his team can win the 24th 2015 Courts IDC title.

The nippy striker was instrumental in breaking the hearts of Nadi players and fans during the 2013 Courts IDC final in Lautoka when he scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory.

He said the ‘Men in Black’ would be aiming to grab  the silverware.

“That goal in 2013 still remains one of the best for me and especially against Nadi,” he said.

“This time around I guess all the team will be ready but we will give our best shot. We would like to extend our winning record.”

Ba Football secretary Iliyaz Khan said as the host, they needed to defend their turf.

“A lot of pressure will be on us as we will be playing at home.

“There are a lot of expectations from the people of Ba to win the 2015 Courts IDC.  We have been winning a lot that is our tradition and we want to continue that through.”

Khan was happy with the pool draws alongside Lautoka, Nadi and will face Nadroga at Prince Charles on Sunday at 2pm.

“It is evenly drawn pool and we are satisfied with the way it is. We will try to give the best results to our fans and supporters in the country,” he said.

Former Tailevu-Naitasiri goalkeeper Josaia Ratu has joined Ba camp while defender Jone Vesikula has joined Lautoka Blues for the season.

Meanwhile, Ba has played in 40 finals winning 23 titles while Nadroga won three out of the six appearances.

 

Labasa ready for Rewa

The Labasa football team is ready to play Rewa in their first match of the Courts Inter-District Championship (IDC) at Subrail Park today.

Labasa Football vice-president Varun Anand requested the fans of Babasiga Lions to come out in numbers to support the team.

“We’ve Leone Damudamu from Suva and our own Pita Baleitoga from PRK Hekari United,” Anand said.

“The youngest player we have is 17-year-old Waisake Ravusau, and veteran player is Pene Erenio, 34, from Savusavu.

“National U20 reps Ashneel Raju and Gabriel Matanisiga joined us last month.

“As for IDC we are going to take one game at a time,

“We are not underestimating Rewa as they are a better team but we would be ready for the Fiji FACT and Rewa Galaxy Premier League champions.

“We are indeed grateful to Fiji Football Association for bringing this match to Labasa.

Bal Sanju Reddy, coach for Labasa team said Sandeep Nair and Akuila Mataisuva could not attend training and they will arrive from Suva today.

“We also have Taniela Waqa, Christopher Wasalasala, Ravinesh Karan Singh former Suva, Edwin Sahayam, Ilisoni Logaivou, Taione Kerevanua, Posiano Kalisito, Jesoni Takala, Manasa Levaci,

Esala Diniki and Akemi Ralulu,” Reddy said.

“The players and officials have been very supporting and we have been training for weeks.”

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