His re­turn would have been viewed with some de­gree of worry in the Rewa camp.

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The re­turn of pro­lific for­ward Ben­jamin To­tori should be a cause for cel­e­bra­tion for Lautoka fans – and a cause for con­cern for their op­po­nents.

The Western­ers host Rewa to­day at Churchill Park in a match of lit­tle im­por­tance, hav­ing al­ready qual­i­fied for the semi­fi­nals of the INKK Mo­bil Bat­tle of the Gi­ants.

To­tori’s re­turn will bring ex­pe­ri­ence and agency to a team al­ready play­ing at a high level and on course to win their first ti­tle of the 2019 foot­ball sea­son.

The Solomon Is­land in­ter­na­tional will likely re­place the young Sa­muela Gavo, who has shown glimpses of his tal­ent, but hasn’t done enough to keep To­tori on the bench. His re­turn would have been viewed with some de­gree of worry in the Rewa camp. The south­ern­ers need a big win to stay alive in the tour­na­ment and their job just got harder.

To­tori’s in­clu­sion should inject some fresh­ness into Lautoka’s at­tack and re­duce the bur­den on

The for­mer Welling­ton Phoenix striker’s knack to drift back into mid­field and start at­tacks will give Lautoka an­other out­let go­ing for­ward.

Rewa’s chances of progress will, to some ex­tent, hinge on their strat­egy to neu­tralise To­tori’s threat, while be­ing clinical in front of the goal. Tac­ti­cally, coach Pita Rabo will need his team to play an al­most per­fect match.

It’s hard to see the Delta Tigers get­ting a re­sult any other way; such is the strength of this Lautoka team.


fj shel­[email protected]­ Solomon Is­lan­der Ben­jamin To­tori (fourth from left) cel­e­brates with his Blues team­mates.

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