2016 Vodafone Fiji FACT

Nadi wins 2016 Vodafone Fiji FACT

Nadi came out victorious after beating Suva 3-0 in the final of the 2016 Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori last night. The winner had to be decided in the penalty shootout after both teams failed to score in regular and extra time. Captain Napolioni Qasevakatini, Antonio Tuivuna and Mataiasi Toma scored […]

Luke Nacei

July 4, 2016 7:21 am

Nadi came out victorious after beating Suva 3-0 in the final of the 2016 Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori last night.

Nadi Football team after winning the Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori last nigh.(Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Members of the Nadi Football team after winning the Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori last night. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

The winner had to be decided in the penalty shootout after both teams failed to score in regular and extra time.

Captain Napolioni Qasevakatini, Antonio Tuivuna and Mataiasi Toma scored for Nadi while keeper Vereti Dickson saved the Jetsetters from Pita Rabo and Waisake Navunigasau’s penalties.

Coach Joseph Nand applauded the boys great effort during the competition.

NAND: “The boys did a great job and I am so happy for them. The competition was tough but we still managed to win and I thank my boys for the great performance.

Suva coach Gurjeet Singh said both the teams showed good outings during the competition.

Meanwhile, Qasevakatini, Nickel Chand and Beniamino Mateinaqara received a yellow card for dangerous play.

Fiji Football Association president Mr Rajesh Patel presented Nadi with a $15,000 cheque while runners up Suva walked away with a $4,000.

A new winner will be crowned for the 2016 Vodafone Fiji FACT.

Action between Labasa and Nadi at the Vodafone Fiji FACT semi-finals at the Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Action between Labasa and Nadi at the Vodafone Fiji FACT semi-finals at the Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

This was after the Jacks of Fiji Nadi defeated the defending champions Labasa 3-2 in an extra time play and determined their spot in the finals of the Vodafone Fiji FACT.

Labasa were the first to add points to their scoreboard.

Labasa’s Ratu Anare scored another goal for his side in the 66th minute to further their lead but a penalty kick by Nadi’s captain Napolioni Qasevakatini kept them in the match.

Ame Votoniu scored the equalizer after left flank Lekima Gonerau made a clean run beating four of his defenders to take the game in to extra time.

Nadi took the lead for the first time early in the first spell of extra time as a William Valentine free-kick from the right-hand edge of the box was misjudged by the defence and the goalkeeper and landed straight into the back of the net.

Labasa after being pressured by their opponents was not able to score any goal in the extra time given.

Nadi maintained momentum till the last whistle.

Nadi coach Joseph Nand was happy with his boys and hopes they maintain their dominance in the finals.

NAND: “We were prepared for this win. We knew Labasa would come out firing in the second half but we did our best to be able to encounter them.”

Labasa coach Johan Leewai said his boys did well in the competition.

Meanwhile, the final between Nadi vs Suva will kick off at 3pm today at Ratu Cakobau Park.

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