Suva wins National League

But the win reserved the league title for Suva only when Labasa upset Ba 2-0 at Govind Park on the same evening which assured Suva of the crown that is only their third in the history of the competition with two remaining matches against Lautoka and Ba still at hand.
Suva last held the league title for two consecutive seasons in 1996-1997.
Ba has seized the league title since 2010.
It was double celebrations for the Suva side as they also became the first Southern based side from Fiji to book a spot in the Oceania Champions League.
With Suva confirming a spot amongest the best clubs from around the region the race for the second spot will be decided within the next two rounds.
Despite not retaining their crown Ba still stands a chance of booking a spot in the OFC Champions League highly depending on their outcome against Navua on Sunday at ANZ Stadium in Suva.
After the sudden exit at the hands of Rewa during the INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament last month, Suva wished to return the favour in their league clash on Friday night at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.
Leone Damudamu put Suva ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute after nodding the ball in from a corner kick.
Rewa without the services of key players like Simione Tamanisau, Simione Maikali and Epeli Saukuru contained the opposition strike force as Suva led 1-0 at the break.
Lorima Dau replaced Usaia Tadu as Rewa came up strong in the second half.
Former Labasa rep Misaele Draunibaka rescued the Rewa side as his 50 minute equaliser delighted the Rewa fans.
At that point of time Rewa was in the match but not on the next. Two errors by goalie Benito Waqavou proved costly for the Rewa side.
A powerful shot from Shahil Dave from right end of the Rewa box slipped from the keepers grasp into goal to see the Suva side regain the lead.
Stunned from the error Waqavou committed a similar error when striker Ravinesh Karan Singh’s long range attempt once again slipped from his hands and travelled straight to guide Suva.
Suva coach Gurjit Singh was delighted with this achievement.
“It was a good achievement by the team not to only secure our spot in the OFC Champions League but also win the National League,” Singh said.
At Govind Park Apisalome Turuva and Joseph Mishra added two goals to upset the Ba side.
Two more rounds of National League remain. Tomorrow a double header clash is scheduled at ANZ Stadium as Ba face Navua 1pm and host Suva battles Lautoka. Later in that evening Labasa will face Nadroga 6pm at Lawaqa Park.
Monday night Nadi host Labasa 7pm at Prince Charles Park.
Fiji FA MEDIA

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