The Labasa football side go into the second leg of the Pillay’s Garments Champion versus Champion Series with a high level of confidence after holding defending champions Labasa nil-all in the first leg last Saturday.
The Babasiga Lions should have had the upper hand going in the second leg but missed numerous opportunities on goal in front of home fans.
However, the nil-all score line is sure to boost the confidence of the northerners who went into the series as underdogs.
Labasa failed to win a major tournament in 2017 and are playing in the CVC as winners of the Courts Inter District Championship in 2016.
In contrast, Lautoka only lost two games throughout 2017 and in the process won the IDC title and the Vodafone National League.
The Blues went into the CVC series with an amazing record and many fans fancied a win over Labasa in the first leg.
Blues coach, Kamal Swamy is looking forward to a better outing in the second leg.
“It was really hot in Labasa. We did not expect it to be this hot. Playing Labasa at Subrail Park is never easy and they proved that once again. We will take the draw and go back to the drawing boards. We expect another tough battle and we will need to prepare accordingly.”
Labasa’s acting coach, Bal Sanju Reddy said he was pleased with the performance of his team.
“I am pleased that my boys played very well despite a nil all match as they kept attacking throughout the match.The boys will need to work on some areas before we face Lautoka again.”
Reddy also thanked the Labasa fans for coming out in huge numbers to support the Babasiga Lions.
“It was our first game of the year and it felt good to see a huge turnout. We know we have a huge fan base around the country and we also expect good crowd backing when we play in Lautoka.”
The second leg will be played tomorrow at 7pm at Churchill Park.
The winner of the series receives $5000 while the runner-up gets $2500.