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17 Goals On Day One

The 2016 INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament (B.O.G) kicked off with a bang with a total of 17 goals scored in the opening day yesterday at Ratu Cakobau
27 Aug 2016 11:33
17 Goals On Day One
Jack’s Nadi soccer team (Front from left) Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Tony Tuivuna, Anish Khem and Ilimotama Jese. (Back from left) Ame Votoniu, Lekima Gonedrau, Vereti Dickson, William Valentine, Semesa Muadonu and Eliki Ravosai Jese at Ratu Cakobau Park last night. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The 2016 INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament (B.O.G) kicked off with a bang with a total of 17 goals scored in the opening day yesterday at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

This has impressed Fiji Football Association and they are predicting more from the players as the tournament continues today and tomorrow.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel praised the performance of players and said that their standard has improved.

“The Under-23 players have just returned from the Olympics and they have fared well on day one playing impressive football.

“Our national team players international exposure playing in the FIFA U20 World Cup last year and now the Rio Olympics have given them a lot of exposure and its paying dividends in this tournament,”Patel said.

In an exciting matches of day one of the tournament yesterday, teams put up an impressive showdown.

Suva’s Olympian player Setareki Hughes scored one of the crucial goals for the capital city in their 4-4 draw while Ba with their Olympians rep Alvin Singh beat Nadroga 1-0.

Lautoka beat Labasa 4-2 and in the feature match of the day, Rewa and Nadi played to a 1-1 draw.

“The tournament gets more exciting as it progresses with the calibre of players playing,”Patel said.

He said another reason for the improvement in players style of play are the monitoring system introduced by Fiji FA.

“We have introduced  a system where we are monitoring players at age group level to national level and they are given the training  programme that is helping players  them a lot.

“The FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification is next year and we can qualify as well given the players performance so far and their international exposure.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar said day one of B.O.G was a success.

“There are no issues in day one and the turnout was quite reasonable, it would have been better but it’s not bad,” Kumar said.

“The turnout might be low because it’s Friday and people just finish work and school and definitely people should come in Saturday and Sunday.

Edited by Osea Bola

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