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Whites survive to hold Jack’s Nadi

The Suva and Nadi football teams earned one point each in their 0-0 draw during the Vodafone Premier League clash at Ratu Cakob­au Park, Nausori, last night. What happened: Both
25 Feb 2018 20:06
Whites survive to hold Jack’s Nadi
Suva football team

The Suva and Nadi football teams earned one point each in their 0-0 draw during the Vodafone Premier League clash at Ratu Cakob­au Park, Nausori, last night.

What happened: Both teams played attacking football but equal to the oc­casion were the team’s defence. Mid­way in the first half the game became scrappy as players began to make mis­takes.

Suva were playing with 10-men after striker Savenaca Nakalevu received a red card following a violent attack on Nadi’s Rupeni Rabia.

Rabia was also yellow carded for foul play. Suva’s Sakaraia Naisua was also flashed a yellow card .

Striker Josefata Dugucagi had the best opportunity to give Nadi the lead right at halftime from the penalty spot, but missed to the joy of the Suva fans.

Nadi came out strongly in the second half with the likes of Rusiate Mat­irerega and Napolioni Qasevakatini dictating play while goalkeeper Ver­eti Dickson was shouting out instruc­tions. Veteran Suva goalkeeper Si­mione Tamanisau stood the test and made a number of crucial saves.

Big Play: Despite playing with 10-men the Suva defenders held their own and never allowed Nadi to score. Tamani­sau was again Suva’s hero with his saves.

Comments; Nadi coach Babs Khan said: “It was a structured Suva side but we kept the ball and played kick and chase.

“Now we will go back and develop our young players since most of the senior players will be leaving for overseas.”

Suva coach Tuka Tisam said: “The boys did very well apart from the red card but it’s football we have to deal with it.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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