Ba On Tracks, Says Kumar

The Ba football team are planning to end the season on a high note by winning the Vodafone Fiji FACT tournament in Labasa later in the month, says  senior official.
16 Nov 2020 16:38
Ba On Tracks, Says Kumar
Ba defender Mitieli Naiviro defends against Nasinu during the Vodafone Premier League. Photo: Fiji Football Association Media

Speaking to SUNsports Halls  Ba Football Association president Rynal Kumar said their young side wanted to end the year with a win.

The Ba football side are the most successful team as they have won the Fiji FACT title eight times since tournament started in 1991.

They are drawn in Group A where they face Courts Interdistrict Championship winners Labasa, Punja’s Battle of the Giants winners Rewa and minnows Nasinu.

“It’s a tough pool so obviously all teams will come prepared,” Kumar said.

“We have to do our best right from the first game and that’s the most important match.

“We hope we do take it all the way and win the tournament. To do that against these giants of football in our group we need to stay consistent.”

Kumar said the players had been training hard knowing that they won unless they d every little things right.

“We want to end well with a win because our trophy cabinet has been empty for a while now. The target is to win and keep our legacy as the country’s football champions alive.”

After their 2-1 loss to Labasa in the final round of the Vodafone Premier League match Kumar says, the team have the ability to create upsets during the tournament.

“Last week’s game was a close one we nearly got the win but we lost focus later in the later stages,” he said.

“That was a snippet of what these young side can deliver come the FACT. That loss have shown us loopholes we need to work on.”

“We have to sharpen up on our finishing because we have lethal players upfront like Darold Kakasi.”



Group A: Labasa, Rewa, Ba, Nasinu

Group B: Nadi, Suva, Lautoka, Navua



Group 1: Dreketi, Nadogo, Taveuni

Group 2: Bua, Seaqaqa, Savusavu



Saturday, November 21, Churchill Park, Lautoka

1.30pm Ba v Nasinu; 3.30pm Nadi v Lautoka

Sunday, November 22, ANZ Stadium, Suva

1.00pm Suva v Navua; 3.00pm Labasa v Rewa



Venue: Subrail Park, Labasa

Wednesday, November 25

10.00am Nadogo v Dreketi; 12.00pm Lautoka v Navua

2.00pm Ba v Rewa; 4.00pm Suva v Nadi; 6.00pm Official Opening; 6.30pm Labasa v Nasinu


Thursday, November 26

10.00am Seaqaqa v Bua; 12.00pm Nadi v Navua; 2.00pm Rewa v Nasinu; 4.00pm Suva v Lautoka

6.00pm Labasa v Ba;


Friday, November 27

Premier Division: Rest Day; 1.oopm Nadogo v Taveuni

3.00pm Seaqaqa v Savusavu

Saturday, November 28

11.00pm Dreketi v Taveuni; 1.00pm Bua v Savusavu;

Premier Semifinals 3.00pm Winner (Group A) v Runner Up (Group B); 5.00pm Winner (Group B) v Runner Up (Group A)


Sunday, November 29

Senior Division- 9.00am Runner up G1 v Runner up G2 (3rd/4th); 1.00pm Winner G1 v Winner G2 (Senior Final)

Premier Division- 11.00am Loser SF1 v Loser SF2 (3rd/ 4th); 3.00pm Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 (Premier Final)


Ticket Prices

Churchill Park- Pavilion A: $15 Adult, $7 Child U12;

Pavilion B: $10 Adult, $5 Child U12; Embankment: $10 Adult, $5 Child U12

ANZ Stadium- Grandstand: $15 Adult, $7 Child U12;

Embankment: $10 Adult $5 Child U12.

Subrail Park- Pavilion A/B/C: $20 Adult, $10 Child U12;

Pavilion D/E: $15 Adult, $7 Child U12;

Embankment: $10 Adult, $4 Child U12.

Ticket pre-sales start from Wednesday, November 18 at the following locations: Lautoka City Council, Hyperchem Parmacy (Ba, Lautoka), Makanjees Nadi, Fiji Sports Council office, Labasa Town Council and Labasa Pharmacy.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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