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Coach In Tears As Ba Survive

  Ba football coach Imdad Ali cried for joy when Avinesh Suwamy scored minutes from fulltime as they held Rewa 2-2 at Subrail Park, Labasa last night. Trailing 2-0 for
18 Jun 2016 14:18
Coach In Tears As Ba Survive
Rewa striker Iosefo Verevou (left), is pressured by the Ba defence last night. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

 

Ba football coach Imdad Ali cried for joy when Avinesh Suwamy scored minutes from fulltime as they held Rewa 2-2 at Subrail Park, Labasa last night.

Trailing 2-0 for most part of the match, the wily coach made numerous changes as he tried to find a way back for his team.

“The constant change of players helped us get the equaliser,” an emotional Ali said of their 2016 Vodafone Fiji FACT tournament opener.

“I’m happy with the performance of my players. We came here with a focus and a strategy to win. For each match we have a set of moves already planned out.”

The Delta Tigers drew first blood in the 20th minute when striker Misaele Draunibaka slammed in their opening goal. Rewa extended their lead in the 52nd minute from a Iosefo Verevou stunner.

With their backs on the wall, Ba fought back aided by Ali’s exchanging of players in trying to boost their attack. This paid dividend in the 81st minute when Shameel Rao pulled a goal back. Ba applied the pressure with Suwamy scoring in the 86th minute.

Rewa coach Marika Rodu said they played well in the first half.

“In the second half we lost the momentum and were disorganised. We failed to utilise our goal scoring opportunities but nevertheless, I’m satisfied with my players’ performance.”

Rodu added that the focus now in on their next match against Dreketi.

Edited by Osea Bola

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