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Teams Brace For B.O.G Finals

The 2016 INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants has narrowed to the last four teams as the race to the $15,000 prize money continues. The semi-finalists are Lautoka, defending champions
01 Sep 2016 15:31
Teams Brace For B.O.G Finals
Rewa player ....Savenaca Nakalevu celebrates scoring his hat trick against Dreketi.

The 2016 INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants has narrowed to the last four teams as the race to the $15,000 prize money continues.

The semi-finalists are Lautoka, defending champions Rewa, high flying Labasa and Suva.

Who will win?

“The team that plays smart on the day will win,” says Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal.

“The teams had a week to recover and work on their weakness so we cannot say who could win.”

Defending champions Rewa have won the tournament seven times in which they have won twice at home in 2011 and 2015.The Delta Tigers first won the tournament 1994. They did back to back in 2003 and 2004 and later after six years in 2010. The Marika Rodu coached side again did back to back in 2014 and 2015.

Lautoka took eight years since the B.O.G started in 1978 to hold the cup. Their first win was in 1985 when they beat Rewa 3-0 in the semi-finals and Suva 2-0 in the final at ANZ Stadium in Suva.

It has been 30 years now the Sugar City boys have not put their hand on the cup. They feature in the finals in 1981, 1983, 1996, 1992, 2001, 2009, 2013, 2014.

Rewa and Lautoka met in the final in 2014 where the Delta Tigers beat Sugar City Boys 2-1 at Govind Park in Ba.

Suva has won B.O.G title three times. Their first win was in 1982 when they won by default against Ba. In 1988 they beat Ba 4-2 in penalty kick and last they won in 1995 beating Navua 2-1 at ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The Gurjit Singh coached side will be going to break their 21 year jinx to win the title for their fans.

Labasa has only won once with a 1-0 win over Nadi at Subrail Park in 1997, but had featured in five finals –1993, 2000, 2002, 2008 and 2012. It has been 19 years now the Babasiga Lions has not touched the B.O.G silverware.

Saturday’s semi-finals will start at 2pm – Suva and Labasa, 4pm: Rewa vs Lautoka.

The ticket prize for semi-finals and finals are $10 flat and child under 12 will be $4.

 

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