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Ba Targets Top Two Finish

Lautoka coach Imdad Ali said: “Unfortunately, we went down to 10 players, but then the boys stood tall and we were able to draw with Ba. There is nothing to take away from Ba."
22 Nov 2021 10:30
Ba Targets Top Two Finish
Lautoka’s Antonio Tuivuna speaks to the linesman on the call made against Ba during their Digicel Premier League match at Churchill Park in Lautoka on November 20, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Daniel Krishneel coached- Ba football side have set their sight on a top two finish of the Digicel Premier League competition.

Ba came from behind to hold hosts Lautoka 1-1 at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on Saturday.


What happened: Blues midfielder Muni Sivam drew first blood in the first half when he rifled a shot from the left hand side of the box which caught Ba goalkeeper Tevita Koroi off guard.

Halftime: Lautoka 1-0 Ba.


The visitors came back strongly with striker Samuela Drudru tapping in the equaliser with veteran goalkeeper Beniamino Mateinaqara well beaten.

Lautoka were a man down after midfielder Atonio Tuivuna was red-carded after getting his second yellow card for a foul on Etonia Moceituba.

This took the sting out of Lautoka’s attack as Ba took control of play.


Comments: Ba Football Association president, Rynal Kumar said: “We came to try and take three points but it was a draw.

“This basically eliminates our chances of getting the top spot.”

“Mathematically, it is possible but realistically speaking it is really a hard task to try and win.”


“So what we have to do is to regroup and try for the second spot.”

“There is a lot to improve on. It is still a long way to go for us.”

“We have Rewa in an away game nest week and the rest are all home games.”

“We will take each game at a time.”


Lautoka coach Imdad Ali said: “Unfortunately, we went down to 10 players, but then the boys stood tall and we were able to draw with Ba.”

“There is nothing to take away from Ba.”

“They are a good team but my boys played according to the game plan.”

“The only thing that I did not want was a loss. We are still leading. We have 23 points so we will concentrate on the next game.”


Lautoka: Beniamino Mateinaqara, Atonio Tuivuna, Sitiveni Cavuilagi, Afraz Ali, Edward Aaron, Muni Shivam Naidu, Zibraaz Sahib, Dave Radrigai, Malakai Rakula, Marika Rawasoi, Sairusi Nalaubu.

Ba: Tevita Koroi, Emosi Navaba, Ilimotama Jese, Samuela Navose, Aakash Sharma, Narend Rao, Avinesh Suwamy, Etonia Moceituba, Peceli Sukabula, Samuela Drudru, Fazil Ali.

Referee: Nishil Varman.



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