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Naleba TIV Crowned Champs

It was triple celebration for the Naleba TIV Sangam side in the 2018 Digicel TIV Convention as they won the Cup and celebrated the birthdays of their two officials. The
23 Oct 2018 10:41
Naleba TIV Crowned Champs
Naleba TIV football players and officials on the victory dais after winning the 2018 Digicel TIV Convention football competition at Subrail Park, Labasa on October 21, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

It was triple celebration for the Naleba TIV Sangam side in the 2018 Digicel TIV Convention as they won the Cup and celebrated the birthdays of their two officials.

The Naleba TIV football side pipped Mariamma TIV 1-0 in the Cup finals on Sunday night at Subrail Park yesterday.

Naleba TIV coach Vincent Sahayam said they did not participate last year because of the unavailability of their players.

“But this time we were more determined right from the first match to win the tournament,” he said.

During the tournament they encountered a major hurdle when their goalkeeper, Navneel Nand got injured in the quarterfinals and was ruled out.

It was an intense first half with both teams applying pressure as they looked for an early goal.

Labasa midfielder Edwin Shayam had an opportunity to score but his attempt was saved Mariamma’s goalkeeper.

But a foul in the penalty box by a Mariamma defender in the beginning minutes of the second half proved costly for them as Edwin made no mistake from the spot kick.

The match got scrappy towards the end and two Mariamma players copped yellow cards.

Naleba TIV captain Edwin said it was a tough final and the weather conditions even made things more difficult.

“We were determined to win” he said.

The tournament’s Best Player Award was given to injured Naleba TIV goalkeeper Nand.

RESULTS

Masters Final- Vunivau/ Batinikama TIV 2-0 Taveuni TIV; Bowl Final- Soasoa TIV 1-3 Batinikama TIV; Plate Final- Siberia TIV 1-0 Taveuni TIV.

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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