Babasiga Lions ready for Suva in to­day’s Bat­tle opener

Star stud­ded Suva side a threat in Labasa’s ti­tle de­fence cam­paign

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS - RENU RAD­HIKA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a

De­fend­ing Punjas Bat­tle of the Gi­ants cham­pi­ons Labasa are geared up for to­day’s opener against Suva at Churchill Park in Lau­toka.

The Babasiga Lions have opted to keep a low pro­file going into the tour­na­ment know­ing that Suva will be tough with the likes of Christo­pher Wasasala, Filipe Bar­avi­lala, Re­mueru Teki­ata and Ravi­nesh Karan Singh lead­ing the charge. Labasa coach Ronil Lal said it would be tough to de­fend the ti­tle but they were do­ing their best dur­ing train­ing.

“Play­ers are very pos­i­tive in train­ing and the team spirit is high,” he said.

Lal in­di­cated that turnout to their daily train­ing ses­sions had been over­whelm­ing.

“We have been work­ing hard to do well in our group, also we have to im­prove on over fin­ish­ing and de­fence as well.”

Lal said the first game was al­ways a tough one and they re­ally have to pre­pare well for the game.

He said Suva were a good side but they have a plan on how to tackle them.

The Lions are going to rely on strik­ers Ash­nil Raj, Apenisa Anare and Sio­tame Kubu to do the dam­age up­front with vet­eran Taniela Waqa lead­ing their de­fence. He is going to be sup­ported by re­li­able de­fend­ers Ato­nio Tuiv­una, Akeimi Ralulu and Ilisoni Lo­gaivau.

Lal said the B.O.G would be a good prepa­ra­tion ground for them be­fore the sec­ond round of the Voda­fone Premier League gets un­der­way.

The North­ern­ers are tar­get­ing a top two fin­ish to qual­ify for the OFC Cham­pi­ons League.

The Labasa ver­sus Suva clash kicks off at 2pm.

Labasa squad

Akuila Mateisuva, Lino Iiesa, Kritesh Prasad, Si­tiveni Rakai, Vikrant Chan­dra, Ne­mani Dolo­dai, Ato­nio Tuiv­una, Melvin Mani, Ro­han Nath, Ilisoni Lo­laivau, Ash­nil Raju,Ratu Apenisa Anare, Akeimi Ralulu, Ilisoni Lo­gaivau, Ra­jiv Stephen Sharma, Lekima Gon­erau, Sio­tame Kubu,Taniela Waqa, Taniela Rakariva, Mo­hammed Muza­kkil, Mo­hammed Alam.

Photo: Fiji FA Me­dia

A loyal Labasa foot­ball fan Bis­sun Deo holds the Punjas Bat­tle of the Gi­ants Tro­phy after their 1-0 win over Lau­toka in last year’s fi­nal.

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