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Canada Lautoka Scoop BOG And IDC Titles

Lautoka made a clean sweep in the Canadian version of the Fijian Battle of the Giants and Interdistrict competitions last weekend.
28 Jul 2022 15:07
Canada Lautoka Scoop BOG And IDC Titles
The victorious Canada Lautoka team and officials with their spoils. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Lautoka made a clean sweep in the Canadian version of the Fijian Battle of the Gi­ants and Interdistrict competi­tions last weekend.

For Canada Lautoka soccer chairman David Rakesh, the two titles could not have come at a bet­ter time to cheer up his players, of­ficials and their families after the COVID pandemic.

The toast of the Blues team was Peter Hughes who scored both winners in the two tournaments.

Rakesh, who has been the main­stay of the Lautoka Football As­sociation in Canada, said his team made up of former Fiji citizens played their hearts out during the two tournaments.

The BOG was held at the YMCA Castle Downs Edmonton grounds on July 9 and after pool play Lau­toka faced Vatukoula in the semi­final.

Following their win they came up against Nadi in the final where Hughes slotted in the only goal through a penalty.

At the same venue on July 23, Lautoka once again came out vic­tors defeating Rewa 1-0 in the final after accounting for Nadi in the semifinal.

Canada Lautoka Soccer Association chairman David Rakesh (left) and president Rajesh Lingam with the IDC trophy. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Canada Lautoka Soccer Association chairman David Rakesh (left) and president Rajesh Jattan with the IDC trophy. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The goal from Hughes also came through a penalty.

Rakesh said the Six teams that took part were Lautoka, Nadi, Rewa, Navua, Vatukoula and Ba.

“The tournaments were well or­ganized and this was good because it brought out a lot of Fiji people to the grounds to witness the games,” Rakesh said.

“A majority of the players are for­mer Fiji residents with a handful district reps and some also repre­sented Fiji,” he said.

“For Lautoka to win both compe­titions is just awesome. We thank the sports officials, team officials and players for their dedication and hard work.”

The Canada Lautoka team – Ashaf Khan, Dennis Krishna, Deveon Murti, Irfaan Khan. Irshaad Khan, Jasneel Singh, Qais Shaheem, Naveed Khan, Peter Hughes, Shailend Chand, Rahul Prakash, Ravinesh PrakashRonil Kumar, Sarjeet Singh, Surend Goundar, Roneel Raj, Sumith Singh, Hanshal Goundar Hashneel Goundar, Shakur Naidu. Coach: Danny Singh.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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