November 20, 2016
Nadi and New Zealand Fiji Football Inc (NZFFI) All Stars will clash in the grand final of the 2016 Pacific Cup at Prince Charles Park later today after the Kiwis defeated Suva 3-1 in the second semifinal.
Suva started the match well and went up in the 6th minute via a Sahil Dave penalty after Pita Rabo was fouled inside the box by Salesh Kumar.
Suva led 1-0 at halftime but a late equaliser by Vanuatu skipper Brian Kaltack forced the match into extra time.
NZFFI All Stars proved too strong in extra time and Kaltack once again got on the score-sheet after neatly finishing off a Rinal Prasad through pass.
Replacement Joseph Turagabeci sealed the win in the second spell of extra time.
The two teams will clash for the second time in the tournament; their first battle was in pool play where NZFFI All Stars defeated Nadi 1-0.
Nadi and NZFFI All Stars also clashed in the final last year in Auckland where the Jetsetters prevailed 2-0.
The final of the Ram’s Cleaning Services Pacific Cup will commence at 4.30pm.
NZFFI All Stars- Ravinesh Narayan, Tim Myers, Brian Kaltack, Noa Vukica, Shalesh Kumar, Mohammed Shuaib Khan, Rinal Prasad, Abbu Zahid, Apisai Smith (Josaia Bukalidi), Andrew Aba (Munit Krishna), James Shields (Joseph Turagabeci).
Suva-Emori Ragata, Madhavan Goundar, Tomasi Tuicakau (Kelvin Naidu), Pita Rabo, Ravinesh Karan Singh, Sahil Dave, Tomasi Uculoa, Epeli Lairoti, Don Raj (Ivan Kumar), Setareki Hughes, Sairusi Nalaubu (Sakenasa Rakaria).
By Reginald Chandar