October 10, 2016
Labasa midfielder Akeimi Ralulu scored the decisive penalty kick as defending champion Kamil Muslim College defeated Nadi Muslim College 7-6 in the Secondary Schools division final of the Inter District Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
The final was an exciting and a tensed affair as four players were sent off and a total of six goals scored in normal and extra time.
Kamil started the match well and went up in the 2nd minute through Marika Ratoto.
They further increased their lead in the 56th minute through Emmanuel Prakash but a late comeback by Nadi Muslim College saw them score goals through Zainal Ali and Jone Ralulu in the 86th and 88th minute to take the match into extra time.
Ali again struck for Nadi Muslim in the 5th minute of extra spell but a late equalizer from Kalaveti Sivoi resulted in the penalty shoot-out.
Referee Nishil Varman was kept busy throughout the encounter and had to caution a number of players and this included four reds to Nadi Muslim’s Jefica Karavaki in the 75th minute and Kamil’s Marika Ratoto in 75th minute, Jonetani Newa in the 106th minute and Joeli Ranitu in the 111th minute.
In the penalty shoot-out, Sivoi missed the first kick for Kamil while Prakash, Vinal Prasad, Draveto Borisi and Ralulu scored.
Ralulu, Ali and Aisea Tabua scored for Nadi Muslim College while Tiko Vonowaqa and Peni Tuigulagula missed their attempts.
Kamil Coach Azam Ali said they were anticipating a tough final as Nadi Muslim had some fine players and were worthy opponents for his side.
“The conditions surely weren’t perfect for good football so we had to play and adjust according to the conditions. We also lost some players to red cards and this could have been costly. The strong determination of the team saw us end the match with a win and I thank all the players for their hard work throughout the season,” he said.
The Ba based school returned home $1000 richer.
Meanwhile Lautoka won the Primary Division final beating Labasa 5-4 in penalty shoot-out. The winner had to be decided in penalties after the teams were level 1-1 in normal and extra time.
By Reginald Chandar