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Delta Tigers Upset Nadi

  The Rewa football team’s campaign to win their first ever Vodafone Premier League title and a spot in the OFC Champions League is right on track. The Delta Tigers,
12 Sep 2016 11:24
Delta Tigers Upset Nadi
Rewa's Amani Makoe in control against Nadi in the Vodafone Premier League match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Rewa football team’s campaign to win their first ever Vodafone Premier League title and a spot in the OFC Champions League is right on track.

The Delta Tigers, through captain, Amani Makoe’s strike in the 86th minute saw them score an upset 1-0 win over Nadi at Prince Charles Park, yesterday.

Rewa coach Marika Rodu said they came to play to win and claim the three points.

“We have to concentrate in the league so that we can play in the O-League competition next year,” he said.

“We want to win our first national league title and the competition is still open. So it is early to say anything else as we will take each game as it comes.”

Nadi coach Joseph Nand said there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of maintaining possession.

“That is where decision making is important. Another area we have to work on is our finishing which is very vital.”

 

What happened: It was a slow start as both teams took time to settle down. In the 44th minute Nadi came close to scoring when Vuniuci Tikomaimereke set-up a cross but striker Anish Khem was not fast enough to the ball as veteran Rewa goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau came out to save the situation.

 

Halftime: Rewa 0 – 0 Nadi.

In the second half Rewa tried their best as they began to run into the Nadi goal area looking for any opportunity to score. They brought in their substitutes of Tevita Waranivalu, Peniame Drova, and Sailosi Rayagona and it worked wonders as they kept the pressure on the Nadi defence.

This paid dividend four minute from fulltime when Makoe slammed in the ball after a beautiful cross kick from Iosefo Verevou which beat Nadi defender Lekima Gonerau and goalkeeper Vereti Dickson.

Referee Rakesh Chandra flashed three yellow cards. They were to Rewa’s Jonetani Buksh for fouling Gonerau; Nadi defender Ilimotama Jese for a foul on Verevou and Dickson after an early caution.

 

Big plays: Makoe put on a man of the match performance as he dictated most of Rewa’s move.

Star turn: Gonerau played well in defence to keep the Rewa strikers at bay.

 

Comments: Rewa coach Marika Rodu said, “This one week was not enough to recuperate but the idea was to have possession and the boys started that in the first half and continued on in the second half.

“We knew the goal would come so we kept on.”

Nadi coach Joseph Nand said, “This was our first loss after 10 matches. We had a player injured and we took time in sending in his replacement which resulted in their goal. Rewa was a good side but we have two games next week and we should win them both.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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