Soccer fiesta

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Saturday, June 17, 2017

A feast of soccer is at stake when the Babasiga Lions, Delta Tigers, Capital City boys and Jetsetters battle for a spot in the final of this year's Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Ratu Cakobau Park will be a sea of red because Rewa and Labasa will feature in the first semi-final while Suva and Nadi will come face-to-face in the second semis.

The talkback show this week on Radio Fiji 2 with the "voice of soccer" sparked some patriotism among soccer fans and one can expect interesting and exciting "war of words" and comments between spectators and officials at the venue.

It's all part of our soccer culture.

After an impressive performance with the national soccer team, many of the players will be out to prove a point and show the knowledge and skills they learnt while with Fiji national soccer coach Christophe Gamel.

The first semi-final between Rewa and Labasa will be a nail-biter — laced with fast-paced soccer because both teams have a host of young and talented players.

The Delta Tigers will be backed by the home crowd because the Lions are never short of support away from home.

I am counting on Labasa to display one-touch soccer and come out firing. The strikers need to be on target while defence must be sharp and alert.

Labasa coach Ronil Lal will definitely come up with a strategy to tame the mighty Tigers in their own den because Ratu Cakobau Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the hosts.

For Nadi, the Fiji FACT is like a tournament they love winning and they will do everything to defend their title.

Suva has flourished under former schoolteacher Nathan Shivam and the young boys will be out to stamp a mark. I have a feeling that Labasa and Suva will feature in the final come Sunday.

My best wishes to Labasa. Please display the right spirit and attitude and get back to winning ways and do not disappoint the thousands of ardent fans who will be chanting "Red Fire!"

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