November 18, 2016
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Ba beats AFFA All Stars, remains in hunt

Ba remains in contention for a semifinal berth in the 2016 Pacific Cup after beating the Australia Fiji Football Association (AFFA) All Stars 2-1 in a pulsating Pool A fixture at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tonight.

The Australians made a promising start and were first to score through former Navua striker Esala Ali.

Ba was reduced to ten players after defender Antonio Tuivuna was sent off for making a dangerous tackle on an opponent.

With a man short, the Men In Black leveled scores from a Ronil Kumar free-kick delivery which was tapped in by Samuela Nabenia.

The teams rested 1-1 at halftime.

Replacement Maciu Dunadamu scored Ba’s second and winning goal in the 38th minute from a free-kick.

Ba now has six points from two matches and plays its final pool match against Labasa tomorrow while AFFA All Stars will play the NZFFI and Nadi.

By Reginald Chandar

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