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Players To Watch At The B.O.G

The Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament starts today at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
26 Aug 2022 14:45
Players To Watch At The B.O.G
Former Labasa striker Siotame Kubu, is the man to watch when he plays for Nadi in the Punjas Battle of the Giants. Kubu moved to Nadi in the recent Transfer Window and has found his mojo scoring three goals in two matches. Photo: Fiji FA Media

The Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament starts today at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Hosts Lautoka and defending champions Rewa are in Group B both are tipped to qualify for the semifinals. Group A sees Nadi and Suva as top contenders.

For the same time teams Ba, La­basa, Nadroga and Navua cannot be counted as they also got what it takes not only to cause an upset but win the tournament.

It’s going to be a busy weekend, with the country’s top eight premier teams’ tussling it out for a spot in the playoffs.

So, let’s take a look at players who could make a difference for their team’s campaign.

#8. SIOTAME KUBU (Nadi)

The former Labasa striker has been on a goal scoring spree when he recently joined Nadi during the Transfer Window.

He scored the winner in Nadi’s 1-0 win over Suva in the Digicel Pre­mier League (DPL) and a week later scored twice in their 2-1 win over Labasa.

Kubu will be at his best during the B.O.G since he has formed a deadly combination with striking partner Jaygray Sipakana of the Solomon Islands.

#8. MALAKAI RAKULA (Suva)

This tough defender is known for his goal scoring instincts. Rakula scored crucial goals for the Capi­tal City side when they hoisted the Digicel Fiji FACT title at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

He’ll be their go-to-man when it comes to scoring those much-need­ed goals. Rakula has done it before and he can do it again at the B.O.G.

#17. NAREND RAO (Ba)

Rao provides stability and the con­fidence in this young Ba side.

The crafty midfielder plays a cru­cial role in their campaign espe­cially holding the players together during pressure times.

He took on that role when senior players moved to other districts just before the second round of the DPL got underway.

Now Ba has found its way back and Rao is one of those handful of senior reps, head coach Imdad Ali is banking on.

#7. EDWIN SAHAYAM (Labasa)

Sahayam is the man who master­minds Labasa’s moves. In actual fact, he controls the way they play.

He reads the game well and knows how to exploit the opposition’s de­fence.

Sahayam is dangerous with the ball especially when he’ll be feeding their speedy strikers of Ratu Anare and Christopher Wasasala.

#7. APOROSA YADA (Lautoka)

With star striker Sairusi Nalaubu away overseas, the challenge is on this young striker to rise to the chal­lenge.

Blues supporters are expecting a lot from him to score those much-needed goals.

During the DPL, Yada proved his worth as he is among the top three goal scorers with Nalaubu being top of the list.

Watch this youngster shine for Blues.

#15. VILITATI KAUTOGA (Nadroga)

This Tavua native is yet to find his form of old. He was one of the coun­try’s most feared strikers and even had a stint with Labasa and Suva.

Then Kautoga was out of the lime­light for a while before making his return with Nadroga.

He could be Nadroga’s secret weap­on during the B.O.G and once he settles down Kautoga could become every defender’s worst nightmare.

#8. ARAMI MANUMANUBAI (Navua)

He is the mainstay of Navua’s defence during the DPL. Also, he scored crucial goals during their campaign.

Manumanubai, leads by example and is very much capable of guiding Navua to win the tournament.

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