July 11, 2012
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Lions keen to end 15-year BOG drought

By Sunil Sharma

The Labasa team will march into the camp from Monday as the Babasiga Lions look to step up their hunt for the 2012 Battle of the Giants crown.

Team coach Epeli Levaci told FijiLive that players were given a break today and will resume training from tomorrow with three sessions daily.

He has named a 30-member training squad for the BOG campaign which will be trimmed to 18.

Levaci said selection will also encompass discipline. Any player, he says, not abiding by their given rules will be dealt with.

“I have already mentioned to each and every player my condition that they will have to maintain discipline at all times,” he said.

“They will have to give their 100 per cent to be considered in the final squad.    

“My policies are very strict no matter irrespective of how good a player is. If he fails to abide by the rules and regulations of the team he will be dealt with.”

The Babasiga Lions last won the BOG title back in 1997 after beating Nadi 1-0 in the final at Subrail Park.

Since then, they have made it to three other finals, in 2000, 2002 and 2008 but missed out.

They lost 2-0 to Ba in the 2000 final in Lautoka via a goal each to Kini Viliame Naika and Lorima Batirerega.

They lost by the same scoreline to Nadroga at home in 2002 then in 2008 they lost 2-1 against Ba at the National Stadium in Suva with Pita Boleitoga and Maciu Dunadamu scoring each for the Men-in-Black.

Mid-fielder Henry Dyer scored the lone goal for Labasa in that final.

Labasa will take on defending champions Rewa in their pool opener on July 22 at 3pm at Subrail Park.  



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