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Players To Watch In FACT Final

A thriller looms in tomorrow’s Voda­fone Fiji FACT final between hosts Rewa and Labasa. What has created a lot of interest was their final pool match where the Northerners thrashed
09 Jun 2018 14:07
Players To Watch In FACT Final
Rewa goalkeeper Benito Waqavou dives to make a save against Lautoka during the Vodafone Fiji FACT tournament semifinal at Churchill Park, Lautoka on June 3, 2018. Rewa won 1-0. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

A thriller looms in tomorrow’s Voda­fone Fiji FACT final between hosts Rewa and Labasa. What has created a lot of interest was their final pool match where the Northerners thrashed Rewa 4-0 in front of their diehard fans at Ratu Cakob­au Park, Nausori. This has been a bitter pill for the Delta Tigers to shallow.

A lot of excuses were made since they were embarrassed by the big loss. It really hurt their pride. This was evident as soon as they beat Lautoka 1-0 in the semifinal, Rewa coach Marika Rodu immediately shot out a warning that in the final it is going to be ‘a different story altogether.’

On what will transpire at Nausori tomor­row is going to be anybody’s guess but how­ever let’s take a look at five players that we should keep an eye on as they could make a difference in determining the final outcome.

  • BENITO WAQAVOU (REWA- Goalkeeper)

He stepped in at the right time. Rewa had been looking for a reliable goalkeeper to take over from veteran Simione Tamanisau who had left for Suva. Playing in his first Voda­fone Fiji FACT tournament, the 23-year-old is confident of a good outing,

However, playing in the final with all the pressure that comes with it, is going to be a different thing altogether. Whether Benito can stand up to the challenge or not only time will tell.

  • CHRISTOPHER WASASALA (LABASA- Striker)

Chris has had a quiet tournament. So far, he scored only one goal which is very unlike of him. This time his team-mates are counting on him to deliver and how he deals with it is anybody’s guess.

  • SETAREKI HUGHES (REWA- Striker)

He was the goal scoring hero in the semifinal win over Lautoka. The styl­ish striker who hails from Bua is on song and will definitely shoulder the hopes of the Rewa fans when he plays in the final.

  • EDWIN SAHAYAM (LABASA- Mid­fielder)

Could he be again Labasa’s lucky charm? Sahayam in the past has scored crucial goals for the Babasi­ga Lions which saw them won sev­eral tournaments. He did it during the Vodafone Fiji FACT pool game against Ba and with his goal scoring boots on, nothing is impossible

  • IOSEFO VEREVOU (Rewa- Striker)

Like Chris, he has been out of form. Iosefo has failed to make his mark during the tournament and Rewa officials are keeping their fingers crossed that he is able to find his form of old in the final. And if he does then the Labasa defenders are in for a tough, tough time.

Edited by Osea Bola

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