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Nadi Bounce Back To Upset Ba

The Ronil Kumar- coached Ba football side only had themselves to blame after they went down 2-1 to Jack’s Nadi in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Govind Park, Ba,
25 Jun 2018 10:00
Nadi Bounce Back To Upset Ba
Ba’s Meli Codro tussles against Nadi’s Afraaz Ali in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Govind Park in Ba on June 24, 2018. Nadi won 2-1. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Ronil Kumar- coached Ba football side only had themselves to blame after they went down 2-1 to Jack’s Nadi in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Govind Park, Ba, yesterday.

Interestingly, this was Nadi’s first win over Ba at the same venue since 2015.

What happened: Nadi striker Rusiate Matererega opened the floodgates in the 19th minute when he kicked the ball past defender Avinesh Waran Suwamy and goalkeeper Misiwane Narube.

But the hosts equalised in the 33rd minute through Kishan Sami after he received a well-timed cross from Malakai Tiwa.

Halftime: Nadi 1-1 Ba

The home side came back strongly as they attacked the Nadi goal. In the 52nd minute striker Samuela Nabenia missed a scoring opportunity when he only had Nadi goalkeeper Samuela Tamanisau to beat.

In the 79th minute Nadi Muslim College student Peni Tuigulagula slotted in the winning goal. The stylish centre back capitalised on a blunder from Narube who had ran out of his goal and Tuigulagula chipped the ball into the empty goal mouth.

Star turn: Nadi strikers Inia Boko, Rusiate Matererega, and Afraaz Ali toiled hard to keep the Ba defenders on their toes.

Comments: Nadi FA president Javed Ahmed said: “We needed this win after losing to Lautoka last Friday and the boys played well.”

Ba manager Arvind Singh said: “Both teams played great football there were a lot of goal scoring opportunities but the blunder by our goalkeeper cost us the game.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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