Football

New Champ For INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants 2019

The Kamal Swamy-coached Suva side have come second in Group A and will take on Group B leaders Lautoka in the semifinal. The other semifinal sees Group A leaders Labasa facing minnows Nasinu.
05 Aug 2019 11:28
New Champ For INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants 2019
Suva’s central defender Waisake Navunigasau (right) defends against Shazil Ali of Ba during the INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on August 4, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

There will be a new winner of the INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament after defending champions Ba bowed out.

They were held to a 0-0 draw by Suva at Churchill Park, Lautoka, last night.

The Kamal Swamy-coached Suva side have come second in Group A and will take on Group B leaders Lautoka in the semifinal. The other semifinal sees Group A leaders Labasa facing minnows Nasinu.

A gutsy performance by a 10-men Suva side saw them hold off a determined Ba side. They were a player down after defender Laisenia Raura was red carded for punching.

Veteran Suva goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau stepped in for the injured Emori Ragata and made spectacular saves to keep them in the game.

“We kept Simione Tamanisau in the squad and people were asking when we will play him and we sent him at the right time and he showed his class,” said Swamy.

“We created chances, but could not score. However, nothing should be taken away from Ba. We knew that they will play attacking football, but we are happy to get a draw and will work from here.”

A disappointed Ba coach Shalen Lal said they came in wanting to secure a win.

“We were unlucky and we are out of the tournament. We did reshuffle a few position, but this current squad did play well. Suva’s defence was strong and were well organised,” he said.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed they would announce the venue today.

“We are determined to hold the semifinals and final this week. We do not want to drag it because it will affect our other competitions.”

Yusuf said the situation was that on Friday afternoon, the Pacific Nations Cup match will be played at Churchill Park and on Saturday, it’s booked for the Fiji National Rugby League finals.

“We have engaged with the Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra to liaise with FNRL if they could possibly move their finals early and to finish it by 3pm.

“We could clear the ground by 4pm then we can have the two semifinals; the first kicking off at 6pm with the second at 8pm.

“Then the final is set for Sunday. That is scenario number one. The second option we have is to play the two semifinals on Wednesday night at Churchill Park and hold the final on Sunday.

“We have an option with Prince Charles Park, but it is also booked for local rugby competition on Saturday. The West always draw fans because of the good weather and facilities. We have some exciting matches ahead of us.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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