FACT for Nadi

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Edited by Osea Bola

Suva cap­tain Pita Rabo’s and Waisake Navu­ni­gasau’s at­tempts was saved by Nadi goal­keeper Vereti Dick­son while Mad­hwan Gounder was way off the mark.

Com­ments: Nadi coach Joseph Nitya Nand; “We won be­cause we have good struc­ture. “I took charge of this team a month be­fore the FACT and en­sured that play­ers get the right train­ing and I did it hav­ing a struc­ture in place. “I worked on a game plan where I fo­cussed on main­tain­ing pos­ses­sion. “We were a goal down in the semi­fi­nal and our play­ers came back strongly to win and again in the fi­nal.

“This is my first vic­tory with a dis­trict team and this is in­deed a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for me.

“It all went down get­ting the ba­sics right and Nadi got it right as they had done the hard yards in train­ing.” Suva coach Gur­jit Singh: “The penalty shootout is any­body’s game and Nadi was lucky to win.”

Nadi col­lected $15,000 while Suva re­ceived $4,000. Nadi’s Mata­iasi Toma and Ilimo­tama Jese were named player of the tour­na­ment and player of the day re­spec­tively. Dick­son also won the Golden Glove award for the goal­keeper of the tour­na­ment.

Star turn: Good ef­fort by Dick­son, played a cru­cial role.

Big plays: Jese played well up­front.

Nadi: Vereti Dick­son, Mataisi Toma, An­to­nio Tuiv­una, Anish Khem, Wil­liam Valen­tine, Vu­ni­uci Tikoimaimereke, Jo­lame Vukivuki, Ilimo­tama Jese, Ame Vo­to­niu, Napo­lioni Qa­se­vaka­tini (c), Eliki Ravo­sai

Suva: Be­naminio Mateinaqara, Jale Dreloa, Nickel Chand, Pita Rabo (c), Joseph Turagabeci, Mad­hawan Goundar, To­masi Ucu­loa, Sa­muela Dru­dru, Waisake Navu­ni­gasau, Filipe Bar­avi­lala, Setareki Hughes.

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