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Ba End Nadroga’s Winning Run At Lawaqa

The Samuela Drudru captained- Ba side ended Nadroga’s 28-match winning run at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday. Although, the Stallions were backed by their vocal crowd, Ba managed to score a
22 Mar 2021 12:55
Ba End Nadroga’s Winning Run At Lawaqa
Nadroga midfielder Taniela Raubula controls the ball as he is challenged by Ba’s Abbu Zahid during the Digicel Premier League clash at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on March 21,  2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Samuela Drudru captained- Ba side ended Nadroga’s 28-match winning run at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday.

Although, the Stallions were backed by their vocal crowd, Ba managed to score a 1-0 win in their Digicel Premier League clash.

What happened: Both teams had their chances to score early but poor finishing let them down.

Nadroga missed the services of veteran striker Osea Vakatalesau and midfielder Jibola Afanzo who were suspended after copping two yellow cards.

New Ba goalkeeper Tevita Koroi settled in well and made a couple of good saves.

Halftime: Nadroga 0-0 Ba

Tempers flared in the 49th minute after Ba were awarded a penalty when Setareki Vola brought down Darold Kakasi.

Nippy Abbu Zahid scored the lone goal when he placed the ball past Nadroga goalkeeper Isikeli Seva.

In the 79th minute Nadroga were reduced to 10-men when Seva was red carded by referee Nitin Raj for head butting Zahid.

Ba controlled the pace of the game as they kept the hosts at bay

Comments: Ba coach Kamal Swamy said: “It was tough to play Nadroga at Lawaqa Park.

“We managed to get a goal first and we defended that lead.

Nadroga coach Ramesh Sharma said: “We haven’t played Ba since 2016. Having them to score from the penalty spot shows that we are not here to make the numbers. There were a lot of positives from this game.”

 

Line-up

Nadroga: Isikeli Seva, Setareki Vola, Ato Yankson, Paula Buke, Rahul Nareash, Mitieli Naiviro, Tomasi Tuicakau, Leisari Qalica, Zain Ali, Amani Makoe, Gerard Voi

Ba: Tevita Koroi, Shameel Rao, Darold Kakasi, Abbu Zahid Savenaca Nakalevu, Ilimotama Jese, Peceli Sukabula, Samuela Drudru, Etonia Dogalau, Narend Rao, Praneel Naidu

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