Suva vs Labasa, Lautoka vs Rewa in BOG semis
The Suva soccer team will play Labasa in the first semifinal in the 2016 Inkk Mobile Battle of Giants (BOG) semi-finals while Rewa will face the unbeaten Lautoka side in the second semifinal next week. Suva and Rewa came through from their pool with Suva leading at 5 points and Rewa with 3. The defending champions were the first […]
August 29, 2016 7:12 am
The Suva soccer team will play Labasa in the first semifinal in the 2016 Inkk Mobile Battle of Giants (BOG) semi-finals while Rewa will face the unbeaten Lautoka side in the second semifinal next week.
Suva and Rewa came through from their pool with Suva leading at 5 points and Rewa with 3.
The defending champions were the first team to confirm its semi-final berth after thrashing Dreketi 8-1 earlier today.
The Delta Tigers scored six more points in the second half after leading 2-0 in the first half and will face unbeaten Lautoka next week without striker Iosefo Verevou who copped his second yellow card during the game.
Suva forced Nadi out of the tournament after holding them to a draw 0-0, a must for the Suva team to be able to advance to the semifinals.
Labasa defeated Ba 4-0.
Meanwhile, the first semifinal will take place next week Saturday at 2pm while the second semifinal is at 4pm.
The final will be at 3pm on Sunday.
The teams that did not qualify are Ba, Nadi, Dreketi, and Nadroga.
The BOG tournament is being held at Nausori’s Ratu Cakobau Park this year.
Eight premier soccer teams will battle it out for the $15,000 and the Battle of the Giant champion title that begins this afternoon.
The Fiji Football Association’s BOG tournament kicks off today with the first game between Suva and Dreketi at 1pm.
Media officer for Fiji FA, Avikash Chand said the eight teams were the top in the country and the competition for the top prize will be tough.
CHAND: “Every year, the tournament gets better and teams are more competitive each year, you won’t be able to know which team is going to be in the finals because of the way they play and the structures of their games. Before you never see teams like Nadroga and Dreketi, they never used to make it to the premier division but now you caan’t tell who is going to come out also because these teams have had more time to train since the national league was not held.”
The media officer also said the tournament attracts a lot of local attention and this year will be no different.
CHAND: “We’re expecting a lot of people today because our national Under 23 players have returned from Rio and I’m sure people will want to watch them play for their divisions.”
Mr Chand said the teams have had adequate time for preparation and the weather conditions are just right for the BOG.
Tickets for the BOG are selling at $10 flat rate for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age.
Ba will battle Nadroga at 3pm today and the official opening of the BOG is at 5pm.
The eight teams competing this year are Suva, Dreketi, Nadroga, Ba, Lautoka, Labasa, Nadi and defending champions, Rewa.
Since its inception in 1978, Ba has won the title sixteen times.
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