Winning start for Ba in BOG
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:13

Former champs Ba fought tooth and nail to overcome a tough Nadroga challenge in its opening match of the 2012 Battle Of Giants in Labasa today, winning 3-1.

Coach Yogendra Dutt fielded a new-look team with Rinal Prasad starting at central midfield, Josefata Neibuli in defence and Epeli Codro under the sticks while Levi Tawake featured upfront for Nadroga.

Archie Watkins missed a couple of good chances early in the match but it was Maviliko Nakama in the 28th minute who opened the account for the Men In Black to give them a 1-0 lead heading into the break.

Referee Finau Vulivuli awarded a controversial penalty to Nadroga in the 16th minute of the second half after Tawake collided with the Ba goalie in a 50-50 challenge.

Watkins converted as Nadroga leveled scores 1-1.

Malakai Tiwa and captain Osea Vakatalesau scored two further goals late in the match to seal the win and crucial three points.

Ba manager Arvin Singh said Nadroga gave them a tough challenge but experience and determination favoured them in the match.

"All teams aim to beat Ba in tournaments and Nadroga was no less today as they put up a great show but we managed to hold on and register a win."

"The match referee's decision to award a penalty was very poor and its sad to see that coming from a FIFA badge holder."

"The win has put us in a good position as we now prepare for our upcoming matches."

Nadroga assistant coach Waisea Tale was not too happy with the peformance of his defenders and said laxity in the backline allowed Ba to score two goals in the second half.

"We started the match well but could not sustain the pressure in the second half and gave away too much possession to Ba. We cannot afford to do this against a team like Ba."

"Our strikers also missed numerous opportunities so we also played badly in the finishing area."

The teams:
Ba: Epeli Codro,Manueli Kalou, Jone Vesikula,,Josefata Neibuli,Marika Madigi, Avinesh Waran, Rinal Prasad, Kiniviliame Naika, Malakai, Tiwa, Osea Vakatalesau Mavileko Nakama.

Nadroga: Bengamin Rokobaro, Setereki Vola Delana, Krisneel Dutt, Luke Rawadamu, Tomasi Tuicakau, Sanjeshwant Singh, Levi Tawake, Archie Watkins, Vinit Singh, Ratu Jona Tuinaceva, Waisea Tale Junior.



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