Vet­eran Mid­fielder Tiwa Saves The Day For Ba

Fiji Sun - - Sport - ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN arishma.narayan@fi­jisun.

Stylish Ba foot­ball mid­fielder, Malakai Tiwa saved their day when he scored the win­ner as they beat Nadroga 2-1 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yes­ter­day. In a cru­cial Voda­fone Pre­mier League clash, Ba bounced back into con­tention for the two top spots and a chance to qual­ify to the OLeague.

What hap­pened: Ba meant busi­ness from the start and scored their first goal in the sev­enth minute through Voda­fone Fi­jian Olympian striker Sa­muela Nabe­nia. Half­time: Ba 1-0 Nadroga In the sec­ond half, Nadroga’s Sak­e­nasa Rakaria equalised in the 75th minute and brought hope to their fans. But Ba upped their tempo and in the 90th minute, Tiwa man­aged to slot in the win­ning goal as the Nadroga goal­keeper was caught nap­ping. The young Nadroga play­ers did their best in try­ing to level the scores dur­ing in­jury time but su­perb goal­keep­ing from Ba goal­keeper Misi­wane Nairube foiled all their at­tempts. Nadroga now have to beat Suva at home tom­mor­row night if they are to avoid the pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion. The Gur­jit Singh coached Suva side are con­fi­dent of con­tin­u­ing from where they left off at the Inkk Mo­bile Bat­tle of the Gi­ants tour­na­ment.

Big play: Tiwa seemed to have re­gained his form and played an in­stru­men­tal role in the win.

Com­ments: Nadroga foot­ball coach Waisea Tale said he was dis­ap­pointed with the way the game ended. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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