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Best for the semis

THE first 2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT semifinal will see the Babasiga Lions battle Nadi at 2pm at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

Labasa topped pool A with seven points.

The Anand Sami-coached side opened their campaign with a 2-0 win against Dreketi, settled for a 1-all draw against Ba before thrashing defending champions Rewa 4-0 in the last match to top the pool.

While most of the fans already started counting Nadi out after their opening 2-1 loss to Tavua, the Jetsetters managed to pull themselves back into contention.

It was all left for a do or die situation for Nadi in their remaining two pool matches.

They held Lautoka to a 0-0 draw and Suva was up next for Nadi. Rusiate Matarerega proved to be the hero for Nadi as he netted a hat-trick in the 3-2 win to secure their semi-final spot.

The Babs Khan-coached Nadi has already suffered a blow with their regular strikers Matarerega and Napolioni Qasevakatini along with young defender Afraz Ali out of the semi-final clash because of double yellow cards and are suspended.

Coming straight from the OFC Champions League final, the Lautoka football side had high expectations from the fans.

They started off well winning the battle of the cities beating Suva 2-0 before settling for a 0-0 draw against Nadi.

The Kamal Swamy-coached Blues were stretched to wire by the giant-killers Tavua after a Zibraaz Sahib goal via penalty helped Lautoka for a 1-1 draw and secure their semi-final spot unbeaten from pool plays.

Defending champion Rewa have an uphill battle ahead of their title defence.

The Delta Tigers had a perfect start of their campaign after registering a 1-0 win against Ba in their opening pool match.

They had to settle for a 0-0 draw against yet another giant-killer Dreketi before suffering a 4-0 defeat to Labasa in their last pool match.

The Marika Rodu-coached side definitely have a huge task in front of their home fans this weekend.

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