November 20, 2016
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Nadi defends Pacific Cup

Nadi successfully defended the Pacific Cup title for the first time on home soil today after beating New Zealand Fiji Football Inc (NZFFI) All Stars 1-0 in a thrilling final.

In a repeat of last season’s finale, the two teams went all out against each other and the first half was pretty tight with both Nadi and NZFFI All Stars missing a couple of good chances.

Nadi received a penalty midway in the second half after Brian Kaltack in his desperation to clear the ball away landed on the ground and use the assistance of his arm in the process.

Fiji U20 skipper Mataiasi Toma rose to the occasion and slotted in the penalty successfully to give the host a 1-0 lead.

NZFFI All Stars applied continuous pressure after the goal and was also awarded a penalty after a foul inside the box by Toma.

Kaltack had the opportunity to make amends for his mistake but his penalty attempt was beautifully saved by goalkeeper Vereti Dickson. The second attempt from the rebound by Kaltack was also daringly stopped by Dickson.

Nadi has now won the Pacific Cup four times and the Jetsetters also received three special awards with goalkeeper Dickson winning the Player of the Tournament award, Afraz Ali winning the Find of the Tournament and Nadi winning the Best Disciplined Team award.

Nadi received $10,000 for winning the 2016 Ram’s Cleaning Services Pacific Cup while the NZFFI All Stars walked away with $2000.

By Reginald Chandar

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