Qa­se­vaka­tini Stars In Nadi’s Win

Ba Foot­ball man­ager blames soggy pitch for their loss as they could not adapt on such sur­face

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Striker Napo­lioni Qa­se­vaka­tini was the toast of the Jack’s Nadi side as he scored twice in their 3-1 win over Ba at a soggy Prince Charles Park yes­ter­day.

What hap­pened: Hosts Nadi started their Voda­fone Premier League opener on a high note. They set­tled in early and dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but strik­ers Qa­se­vaka­tini and Ru­si­ate Mater­erega missed a cou­ple of goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. They main­tained on the pres­sure and in the 40th minute Qa­se­vaka­tini ri­fled a low shot past Ba goal­keeper Misi­wane Narube. Nadi fielded sea­soned cam­paign­ers of Mos­ese Bale­na­gaga, Zainal Ali, and Wil­liam Valen­tine, Ame Vo­to­niu, Ilimo­tama Jese and Vereti Dickson.

Half­time: Nadi 1 – 0 Ba.

Nadi came back strongly in the sec­ond spell con­nect­ing their passes well be­fore Qa­se­vaka­tini ex­tended their lead to 2-0 in the 78th minute. Ba im­me­di­ately hit back in the 82nd minute when striker Samuela Nabe­nia slammed the ball past Dickson.

In the 87th minute it was de­fender Ame Vo­to­niu who slot­ted in Nadi’s fi­nal goal.

Big play: Nippy Afraaz Ali was on song with his strong de­fen­sive play and his abil­ity to counter at­tack.

Star turn: Qa­se­vaka­tini has found his form and should be a player to watch in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Com­ments: Nadi FA pres­i­dent Javed Ahmed said: “We had tar­geted for a win and we know that Ba will be strong as they have been train­ing for the O-league. “There was a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion which al­lowed Ba to score but we’ve won and the fans are happy.” Ba man­ager Arvind Singh said: “I con­grat­u­late Nadi for the win. I don’t blame my boys due to the heavy ground con­di­tions. My boys can­not play our pat­tern of foot­ball in this con­di­tion as we are not used to hit and run foot­ball.”

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Nadi: Vereti Dickson (C), Ilimo­tama

Jese, Ame Vo­tonui, Ru­peni Rabici, Wil­liam Valen­tine, Pa­trick Neel, Mos­ese Bale­na­gaga, Al­raaz Ali, Zainal Ali, Ru­si­ate Mater­erega, Napo­lioni Qa­se­vaka­tini.

Ba: Misi­wane Narube, Manasa Nawakula, Jone­tani Newa, Pa­trick Seni­valati, Malakai Rakula, Avi­nesh War­ran, Naren­dra Rao, Abbu Zahid, Si­tiveni Cavuilagi, Samuela Nabe­nia, Amena Bola. .

Photo: Anushil Ku­mar of Voda­fone Fiji

Jack’s Nadi foot­ball team dur­ing their Voda­fone Premier League opener against Ba at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on Jan­uary 14, 2018.

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