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Dad’s Text Boosts Goalie

Tavua goalkeeper Jovilisi Bo­risi made crucial saves in the 2-0 win over Rewa at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. The 20-year-old from Korovou, Ta­vua was motivated by his dad’s text message
06 Oct 2018 11:40
Dad’s Text Boosts Goalie
Tavua players celebrate their second goal against Rewa during IDC premier divison competition at ANZ Stadium on October 5, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Tavua goalkeeper Jovilisi Bo­risi made crucial saves in the 2-0 win over Rewa at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

The 20-year-old from Korovou, Ta­vua was motivated by his dad’s text message he received before running onto the field in Laucala.

“I want to thank my father Akuila Borisi for his support,” he said.

“I received a text message from him apologising that he will not be in Suva to support me.

“In Tavua we were camping in town and he was at the village. He couldn’t come and meet me because of financial constraints. But I was overwhelmed with his support.”

He has been part of Tavua side since he was in secondary school. He played his first premier match in the IDC yesterday.

“The message in camp was to listen to our coach and be disciplined on and off the field.

“I told the backline to do their job and I will do mine. We coordinated ourselves well and it worked.”

MAJOR UPSET

Tavua created the first upset of day one of the 2018 Courts Inter- District Championship after beating Rewa 2-0 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

The young side was brilliant on at­tack and ruthless in defence as they continuously foiled Rewa’s game plan.

After a good build-up, the Western­ers pounced five minutes before half­time through Vilive Naulalevu who headed in the first goal as they led 1-0 at halftime.

The Delta Tigers tried to find their form and find an opening but all to no avail. Navua scored their second goal through Hussain Khan.

MIDFIELD ATTACK

Tavua head coach Nazeel Ali told SUNsports; “The plan was to speed up the game and punish Rewa in the midfield. We camped last Saturday and I’m happy on how the players step up to the challenge.

“We have to beat Nadi to qualify for the semi-final and the players know that.”

A disappointed Rewa head coach Lorima Dau said: “The players were lazy did not do what’s expected of them.”

– Edited by Osea Bola

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