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Ba’s Stylish Midfielder Saves The Day

  Midfielder Antonio Tuivuna repaid the Ba officials who had signed him on during the Transfer Window by scoring against Rewa in their Courts Inter District Championship clash yesterday. Tuivuna’s
06 Oct 2016 12:48
Ba’s Stylish Midfielder Saves The Day
High flying Ba side on attack against Rewa during day one of 2016 Courts IDC at ANZ Stadium yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

Midfielder Antonio Tuivuna repaid the Ba officials who had signed him on during the Transfer Window by scoring against Rewa in their Courts Inter District Championship clash yesterday.

Tuivuna’s goal saw defending champions Ba escape with 1-1 draw at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

The SAF Communications sponsored Rewa side led 1-0 in the 64th minute with a beautiful goal from Epeli Saukuru. But the lead was short-lived when Tuivuna scored from the penalty spot in the 79th minute.

What Happened: Ba striker Samuela Nabenia had the first attempt at goal but his kick went wide. Ba dominated play as they camped in Rewa’s half trying desperately to score. Veteran Rewa goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau worked overtime  to deflect the shots from the fast Ba strikers.

Halftime: Rewa 0-0 Ba

Ba defender Avinesh Swami smacked a powerful free kick in the 46th minute but Tamanisau was able to save it. Both teams struggled to control the ball as Ba often tested the Rewa defence by applying pressure on them.

In the 64th minute, substitute Saukuru drew first blood as he tucked the ball safely inside the net to give them a 1-0 lead. Then disaster struck when Rewa’s Mitieli Namuka got a red card for a dangerous tackle on Ba’s Solo Waqa. Ba equalised in the 79th minute with Tuivuna’s goal. Ba had a chance to take the lead with a kick from Meli Codro hitting the side post.

Big Play: Saukuru came on in the second spell and made an immediate impact scoring the first goal of the game.

Star Turn: Luck was on Ba’s side as they capitalised on Rewa’s mistake with Tuivuna scoring the equaliser.

Comments: Ba football coach Imdad Ali said:

“It was a good game, we had a lot of opportunities but we couldn’t capitalise on it but we are hoping to take back what we can and come back stronger tomorrow.”

Rewa Football president Nazeel Buksh:

“It was a very good game and for us to come out of the game with a point against the defending champions is a positive. We have four players who we let go and another player who got red carded so that’s five players all together we are missing out on and we have players who are also sick and injured but we are thankful for those we have on the bench and I’m glad they can step up when it matters the most. Despite all these, nothing is impossible.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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