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Vodafone Fiji FACT: Jetsetters Set For Final

“Today’s win is the highlight of my (coaching) career,”
12 May 2019 15:15
Vodafone Fiji FACT: Jetsetters Set For Final
Jack’s Nadi striker Rahul Krishna is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the first goal in the Vodafone Fiji FACT semi-final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on May 11, 2019. Nadi won 3-2 to book a spot in today’s final. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Favourites Lautoka bowed out of the Vodafone Fiji FACT semi-final when they lost 3-2 to a fired-up Jack’s Nadi football side at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday.

A jubilant Nadi coach Parnesh Am­arsee told SUNsports that he is on top of the world.

“Today’s win is the highlight of my (coaching) career,” he said.

Amarsee said the Lautoka side were full of experienced players who had OFC Champions League experi­ence compared to his young troops.

“This is a great achievement for us. For the next game, we will go back and do some recovery and we will fo­cus on what to do next.”

WHAT HAPPENED

Playing in front of the Lautoka fans it was the visitors that drew first blood in the 15th minute through a Rahul Krishna strike.

The Blues with midfielder Zibraaz Sahib and Dave Radrigai dictating play took time to settle down before defender Kolinio Sivoki slammed in the equaliser in the 35th minute as they settled 1-1 at halftime.

The much- fitter Nadi side domi­nated the second half and in the 53rd minute Jeshal Kumar slotted in their second goal.

The Vereti Dickson captained- side went for the kill as they extended their lead in the 68th minute through a Tito Vodowaqa stunner.

Trailing 3-1 Lautoka fought hard and managed to pull a goal back through Sairusi Nalaubu but it was too late.

Dickson said they had focused on their fitness and the shape of their defence as they tried to minimize Lautoka’s scoring opportunities as they had top strikers like captain, Samuela Drudru and Benjamin To­tori.

Despite playing without key defend­er Rupeni Rabici, Nadi kept a close watch on the Lautoka strikers and never allowed them room to move in.

NADI SQUAD

Samuela Tamanisau, Rahul Krish­na, Josevata Malakai, Josua Ta­wake, Rusiate Matererega, Jeshal Kumar, William Valentine, Christo­pher Kumar, Aisake Kedraika, Tito Vodawaqa, Samisoni Waqabuli, Ame Votoniu, Jolame Vukivuki, Peni Tuigulagula, Jone Ralulu, Patrick Joseph, Emmanuel Prakash, Rich­ard Naidu, Vijay Pillay, Josevata Du­gucagi, Vereti Dickson.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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