Lautoka finally win B.O.G. tourney after 31 years
Lautoka ecstatic yesterday after beating Labasa 2-0 in the final of the 2016 INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. This victory marks a significant win for Lautoka since it is the first time in 31 years that they have won the prestigious trophy.
Lautoka lifted the INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants (B.O.G) tournament title after 31 years, defeating Labasa 2-0 in extra time at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday.
What happened: Lautoka striker Mohammed Ali and Cyrus Singh scored in the 101st and 113th minutes of extra time. Playing without two key players captain Peni Finau and Ilaitia Tuilau due to red card and injuries, the Blues were on fire. Ali who will turn 21 next month was the unsung hero for the Blues and played an outstanding game.
After 90-minutes of entertaining football, Lautoka came back firing in the first spell of extra time and created havoc in the Labasa defence.
Half time: Lautoka 0-0Labasa. Both sides had chances to score but their attempts were off target.
Labasa’s lethal strike force of Illisoni Lolaivalu, Christopher Wasasala, Gabrieli Matanisiga, Ravinesh Singh had their chances but they were denied by goalie Senirusi Bokini.
Extra time: Mohammed Ali was beautifully set up inside the box in the 101st minute and never missed. In the 113th minute, Singh scored second goal, beating Labasa goalkeeper Akuila Mateisuva.
Big Play: Mohammed Ali and Singh played crucial roles upfront.
Star Turn: Ali is the rising star for the future.
Comments: Lautoka coach Aginesh Prasad;
“It’s a historic victory as we have to wait for so long to win. We want to celebrate this victory, this is our year. Lautoka goal scorer Mohammed Ali dedicated the win to his father. “I wish my dad watched the game but he called me in the morning and wished me all the best.
“This is the best Father’s Day gift and I’m really proud to win the tournament for my dad and people of Lautoka after so many years,”Ali said. Lautoka head coach Kamal Swamy said this was the greatest victory for him as a coach. Swamy was appointed the head coach of Lautoka this year but had to leave for a heart surgery two weeks prior to the tournament. Swamy returned last week and joined the camp for the Blues preparing for the semifinals. “I had to leave the team prior to the start of the B.O.G for my surgery and I’m so proud of the players,”Swamy said. The Vodafone Premier League leaders received $15000 while Labasa returned to Babasiga $5000 richer. Meanwhile,Labasa’s Gabrieli Matanisiga and Ravinesh Karan Singh won the Golden Boot Awards while Lautoka’s Zibraaz Sahid received the Golden Ball Award for their outstanding play. Edited by Osea Bola
Action from the INKK Mobile B.O.G final between Lautoka and Labasa at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, yesterday.
Lautoka capatin and goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini celebrate after they defeated Labasa in extra time yesterday.