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Ba chases record

Ba will be out all out to re-write the history books at the 2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT.
The Men-in-Black will be gunning for their ninth Fiji FACT title.
They were the first team to engrave their name on the Fiji FACT trophy when it was first played in 1991. Ba defeated Labasa 1-0 in the final at home.
It was again after six years when Ba reappeared in the final against Labasa in 1997 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. The match ended in a nil-all draw but the trophy was shared amongst both teams.
Ba is the only team which won the Vodafone Fiji FACT title straight for four times which was from 2004 to 2007.
The last time Ba won was in 2010 when they defeated Navua 1-0 at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Since then the Men-in-Black have reached two finals which was in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 they lost to Suva 1-0 at home and Nadi beat Ba 3-1 in the 2013 final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.
The traditional giants of Fiji soccer, the Men-in-Black will be coming out with wounded pride and the fans can look forward to a new intensity in their games.
With eight titles-seven outright and one shared with Labasa, the Roneel Kumar coached side have not won since 2010.
Looking at the Vodafone Premier League standings this year Ba is currently on second position after playing five matches. They are undefeated with 3 wins and 2 draws.
With the experience of senior players likes of Avinesh Waran Swamy, Malakai Tiwa, Meli Codro,Josaia Ratu, Abbu Zahid and Laisenia Raura, Ba blended with young stars Kishan Sami, Saula Waqa, Samuela Nabenia, Amena Bola, Narendra Rao, Sitiveni Cavuilagi, Jonetani Newa, and Kini Madigi will be a team to watch at the tourney.
Ba always play with confidence and had the guts to fight till the final whistle which have given them so many victories.
The Men-in-Black starts their campaign against defending champions and host Rewa on Friday at 8pm and faces Labasa on Saturday at 6pm. Their final pool match will be against Dreketi on Sunday at 1pm.
Player to watch
Kishan Sami
The former Vodafone Fijian Under-17 rugged defender Kishan Sami is a survivor. The story of this Varadoli native from Ba hit the headlines in 2016 when he sought permission from Fiji Football Association to leave camp to help his mum rebuild their house after it was totally destroyed by Cyclone Winston.
Playing football is nothing new to Sami, as he is following the footsteps of his uncles, who were former Ba and national representatives Shiu Sami and Arjun Pillay.
Shiu who played left back had been the backbone of many of Ba’s victories while Pillay was renowned for his deadly left boot that became a nightmare for most goalkeepers in the country.
The 18-year old is following the legacy of his uncles and have proved himself after been named in Christophe Gamel’s extended squad for the Vodafone Fiji national team.
Featuring in the national u17 side and playing for Ba for last two seasons, the steady defender from right position always moves up front and assists or have scored a goal for Ba.
He will be one of the many player to watch at this year’s Vodafone Fiji FACT in Nausori.

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