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Kamil Muslim Retain Title On Penalty Kicks

Kamil Muslim College 7 (Goal scorers:Marika Ratoto, Emmanuel Prakash (2), Kalaveti Sivoi, Vinal Prasad, Draveto Borisi, Akeimi Ralulu) Nadi Muslim College 6 (Goal scorers: Zainal Ali (3), Jone Ralulu (2),
11 Oct 2016 10:32
Kamil Muslim Retain Title On Penalty Kicks
Kaamil College celebrate after defeating Nadi Muslim College. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Kamil Muslim College 7 (Goal scorers:Marika Ratoto, Emmanuel Prakash (2), Kalaveti Sivoi, Vinal Prasad, Draveto Borisi, Akeimi Ralulu) Nadi Muslim College 6 (Goal scorers: Zainal Ali (3), Jone Ralulu (2), Aisea Tabua Kamil Muslim College (KMC) retained the Courts Inter District Championship Secondary Schools title after beating Nadi Muslim College (NMC) 7-6 on penalty shootouts.

 NMC were down to 10-men after Jefica Karavaki was red-carded in the 75th minute while KMC played with eight men after three of their players were red carded,Marika Ratoto (75th), Jonetani Nawa(106th) and Joeli Ranitu (111th).

The Ba based-school got off to a strong start in the opening 45 minutes as they played a strong attacking game against their Western opponents, which saw Ratoto firing in their first goal in the second minute as they took a 1-0 lead at half time.

Both teams lifted the momentum in the second half and also strong winds and rain continued to force its way onto the field but the two teams kept to their structures and braved the unfavourable weather condition as Prakash scored their second goal in the 56th minute.

The jetsetters regrouped and lifted the intensity as they strengthened their finishing and defence as they scored in the 86th and 88th minute to Ali and Ralulu.

The two sides were locked 2-2 at full time as they went into extra time.

Nadi scored first in the 95th minute through Ali and Kamil equalised in the 117th minute through Sivoi.

Penalty shootouts: KMC fans erupted with joy as they were successful with four penalty kicks through Prasad, Prakash, Borisi and captain Ralulu.

Nadi were successful with three from Ralulu, Ali and Tabua.

Big play: NMC fought hard in the second half, as they were able to counter

KMC’s attacking game which saw them scored the equaliser just before full time.

Star turn: KMC stuck to their game plan and put on a gutsy performance.

Comments: KMC coach Azam Ali said:

“We made silly mistakes, we lost concentration and conceded two silly goals.

We had three red cards, but we played according to the weather. We have been Winning this for the last three years.”

Nadi head coach Nadeem Mohammed said: “I’m happy with the way the boys played. We were down 2-0 and came back to equalise 2-2 at full time, but lack of concentration from match officials cost us the game. The boys believed in themselves and I must thank them for giving their all.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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