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Ba wins veterans Tournament

The side ousted defending champions Suva Masters in the semifinals 2-0 to book a place in final against New Zealand Lautoka Masters. #Final turned out to be a tight contest as both teams remained goal less after normal and two spells of extra time. NZ Lautoka Masters was awarded a penalty in the dying stages but the shot hit the cross bar. #Penalty kicks decided the fate of clash as Ba came out strong to clinch the title with a 4-3 victory. #Dhiren Chandra, Jope Lomu, Chandra Segran Naidu and Mosese Valewalu were on target for the Ba Veterans side. Joji Rasila, Waisale Rasoki, Devend Krishna sucuessfully converted three of the five NZ Lautoka penalties.#Ba Veterans side walked away the first prize money of $4000 and NZ Lautoka Masters settled with the runner up prize of $2000. #Ba Veterans captain Apimeleki Vunisa applauded his side and mangament for the effort. #“We are happy with the win as our oppenents gave us a hard match but I thank the boys for the effort this weekend,” he said. #The likes of Jope Lomu, Apimeleki Vunisa, Mosese Valewalu, Jone Sakele Naulu, Tomu Saiwale, Elias Mohammed and Viliame Batidegei were some of the reps in the Ba Veterans side while their oppenents had the services of Waisale Rasoki and Penaia Bale. #NZ Lautoka Masters president Albert Lal said they were unlucky. #“We had the chance but could not nail the penalty. We are disappointed but happy to reach the final,” he said. #Earlier in the semifinals NZ Lautoka Masters thumped Nadroga Veterans 4-1. Ba beat Suva Masters 2-0. #Mohammed Yusuf, the Fiji FA NZ liaison officer thanked the participating teams. #“The former Fiji greats displayed wonderful football over the four days and must be commended for their effort. The public present at the venue enjoyed the matches and we hope to see the event get bigger in the coming years,” Yusuf said. #Suva Masters player/manager Tama Vosuga backed the idea of an annual veterans tournament. #“A tournament like this has given the former reps an opportunity to come together. This goes to show that Fiji Football Association has not forgotten about the former national and district reps and I must thank them. I hope that this event will continue to be staged and get bigger and better,” Vosuga said. #The NZ Fiji FA INC. and Fiji FA have jointly organised the international veterans tournament for the past two seasons. #RC Manubhai APCO Coatings International Veterans Tournament 2014#Day 1#Full Time: Nadroga Veterans 1 Suva Veterans 1#Nadroga Goals: Savenaca Senikau#Suva Goals: Sakeo Valevou#5:30pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time Nadi Veterans 1 Navua Veterans 0#Nadi Goals: Andrew Achari 15’#6:45pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time : Lautoka Masters 0 Ba Veterans 0#Lautoka Caution: Randhir Sen#Ba Veterans: Jope Lomu#7:15pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time : NZ Levuka Masters 0 Ba Legends 1#Ba Legends Goal: Lorima Batirerega #7:55pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time : NZ Nadro Masters 0 Suva Masters 3#Suva Masters Goal: Manoa Masi (2) Aminisitai Seru (1)#8:30pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time : NZ Lautoka Masters 1 USA Masters 1#NZ Lautoka Masters Goal: Joji Rasila#NZ Lautoka Masters Caution: Raj Singh#USA Masters Goal: Akuila Rover#USA Masters Caution: Freddy Tagilala#9:15pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Day 2#Full Time: Nadroga Veterans 1 Ba Legends 2#Nadroga Veterans Goal: Petaia Naitasiwai 36’#Ba Legends Goals: Lorima Batirerega 16’ Taito Bula 40’#12:00pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: NZ Levuka Masters 1 Suva Veterans 2 #NZ Levuka Masters Goal: Sainisi Niulevu#Suva Masters Goals: William Work, Patrick Wise#12:50pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time : Suva Masters 2 Nadi Veterans 0#Suva Masters Goal: Manoa Masi (2)#1:40pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: NZ Nadro Masters 2 Navua Veterans 1#NZ Nadro Masters Goals: Arjun Pillay, Mishra#Navua Veterans Goal: Dewa Lingam#2:30pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: USA Masters 0 Lautoka Masters 0#3:20pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: NZ Lautoka Masters 0 Ba Veterans 0#4:10pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: Ba Legends 1 Suva Veterans 2#Ba Legends Goal: Taito Bula#Suva Veterans Goals: Subhash, Patrick Wise#5:00pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: NZ Levuka Masters 0 Nadroga Veterans 0#5:50pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: Suva Masters 2 Navua Veterans 2#Suva Masters Goals: Aminisitai Seru, Tama Vosuga#Suva Caution: Tony Marr#Navua Veterans Goals: Saiyaz Mohammed, (2nd Goal Scorer not provided)#6:40pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: NZ Nadro Masters 3 Nadi Veterans 0#NZ Nadro Masters Goals: Raoneel 26’ 36’, Arjun Pillay 16’#NZ Nadro Masters Sent off: Mark#Nadi Veterans Caution: Villiame Rokorasaqa.#7:30pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: USA Master Ba Veterans#Ba Veterans Goals: Elias Mohammed, Mosese Valewalu, Jope Lomu#8:20pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Full Time: NZ Lautoka Masters 2 Lautoka Masters 0#NZ Lautoka Masters Goals: Waisale Rasoki, Penaia Bale #9:10pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Day 3 #1ST QUARTER FINAL#Full Time: Suva Veterans 0 Nadroga Veterans 1#Nadroga Veterans Goal: Masi Naitasiwai (Pen)#9:00am Prince Charles Park, Nadi# #2nd QUARTER FINAL#Full Time: Suva Masters 3 Nadi Veterans 0#Suva Masters Goals: William Sikuri 14’ 38’, Watisoni Voli 2’#9:50am Prince Charles Park, Nadi# 3rd QUARTER FINAL#Full Time: BA Veterans 2 Ba Legends 0#Ba Veterans Goals: Jope Lomu, Elias Khan#10:40am Prince Charles Park, Nadi#4th QUARTER FINAL#Full Time: NZ Nadro Masters 0 NZ Lautoka Masters 1#NZ Lautoka Masters Goal: Wasale Rasoki#11:30am Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Day 4#1st Semi Final#Full Time: Nadroga Veterans 1 NZ Lautoka Masters 4#Nadroga Veterans Goal: Opetaia Naitasiwai#NZ Lautoka Masters Goals: Penaia Bale, Waisale Rasoki (2), Arvin Lal#9:00am Prince Charles Park, Nadi#2nd Semi Final#Full Time: Suva Masters 0 Ba Veterans 2#Ba Veterans Goals: Narendra Muni Sami (2)#Ba Veterans Caution: Viliame Batidegei#Suva Masters Caution: Radike Nawalu#10:00am Prince Charles Park, Nadi#Grand Final#Full Time: NZ Lautoka Masters 0 (3) Ba Veterans 0 (4) #NZ Lautoka Masters Goals: Joji Rasila, Waisale Rasoki, Devend Krishna#Ba Veterans Goals: Dhirend Chandra, Jope Lomu,Chandra Segran Naidu, Mosese Valewalu#1:00pm Prince Charles Park, Nadi# Fiji FA MEDIA #

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