Ba Closer To Vic­tory

‘Men in Black’ need a win to se­cure the Voda­fone Premier League ti­tle.

Fiji Sun - - Sport - CHARLES CHAM­BERS

The Ba foot­ball side are edg­ing closer to win­ning the Voda­fone Premier League ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Nadi 3- 0 in a some­what lack­lus­tre af­fair at Govind Park yes­ter­day. With only two games re­main­ing against Dreketi and Labasa, the ‘Men in Black’ would need at least a win or hope Lau­toka drops a game for them to snatch the ti­tle. The dull and hu­mid af­ter­noon did lit­tle to spark the game as op­posed to the bril­liant show­down Ba had with Lau­toka on Tues­day. How­ever, in both games Ba’s back three – Manasa Nawaikula, Sa­muela Kau­toga and Laise­nia Raura Tiwa is the power­base of their strength.

Tiwa’s style of play brings back mem­o­ries of the great Waisea Nai- covu, who com­man­deered Ba’s play from cen­tre back dur­ing the 1970s.

What hap­pened: Maciu Du­nadamu’s tire­less hunt for goals paid off in the 32nd minute when Nadi goal­keeper, Sa­muela Ta­man­isau, failed to stop a shot at goal. Du­nadamu was on hand to send net to give Ba the 1-0 lead at the break. In the 66th minute, Saula Waqa slot­ted in a penalty af­ter one of Nadi’s play­ers in the de­fen­sive wall against a free kick han­dled the ball in­side the box. With the 2-0 lead, Ba started to string their passes to­gether. Nadi on the other hand could not cap­i­talise on the few in­roads they made into Ba’s ter­ri­tory and this is prov­ing to be their down­fall con­sid­er­ing the re­cent spate of losses. In the 81st minute, Waqa grabbed his sec­ond af­ter be­ing set up by nip

Big play: Per­haps Tiwa’s cool con­trol of Ba’s play with his dis­tri­bu­tion of balls proved the dif­fer­ence.

Com­ments: Ba coach Im­dad Ali: “We played well but the hu­mid con­di­tion was a ma­jor fac­tor in both teams play.” Nadi team man­ager Kamlesh Sami: “We need more game time and our younger play­ers should get bet­ter.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

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