October 15, 2017
Captain Tomasi Tuicakau scored a late equalizer and slammed in an extra time winner as Nadroga came from behind to beat Navua 2-1 in a thrilling Senior Division final of the 2017 Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) at Churchill Park today.
Navua scored midway in the first half through striker Iliavi Katonitabua to lead 1-0 at the break.
Nadroga pressed hard in the second half and managed to snatch the equalizer in the 88th minute through Tuicakau.
The former Fiji U20 and Suva rep again found the back of the net towards the end of the first spell of extra time.
Navua tried to level the match in the second spell of the extra spell but excellent goalkeeping by Sakeo Taganeca and defensive play by Nadroga saw the Stallions hang on till the final whistle.
Tuicakau was emotional after the final and said winning the tournament for his home district was indeed special.
“I returned to play for my district this year from Suva and I really worked hard for the IDC. This was a very special tournament for me and I am happy to score both the goals in the final.”
“This win is for all Nadroga people and we will try our best to do well in the new season and return to the Premier Division.”
Nadroga President Mohammed Ali was ecstatic and thanked all sponsors and supporters for making the victory possible.
“A big thank you to our sponsors Moshin’s Insulation from Sydney, Uniquely Fiji, Paradise Rentals and Tappoos Group of Fiji for all the support and financial assistance in our preparations. Without them we would not have achieved this feat.”
“We are working hard to revive football in Nadroga and this win is surely a positive step in the right direction. We came in this tournament well prepared and were very confident about our chances.”
“In the final we did not panic as we knew we were going to score and come back in the match since we had more opportunities in both halves.”
“We will reward our players in a big way for this win and most likely we will hold a celebration next weekend to honour the boys for their achievement in the IDC,” he added.
By Reginald Chandar