August 15, 2020
The following players are expected to be in their top form in the semifinals of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on Saturday.
Peniame Drova- One of the best defender in the tournament so far. He has really worked on his fitness and discipline. Drova also scored a goal against Lautoka and has been very consistent member of Rewa’s defence.
Patrick Joseph- The national rep has controlled Rewa’s midfield very well in the tournament. His ability to read play and make accurate passes makes him one of the best. Churchill Park is also lucky for him as he won the 2019 Fiji FACT title with Nadi on the same turf.
Tevita Waranaivalu- He has been in a good form and has also scored a goal for Rewa. Waranaivalu’s silky skills, good discipline and ability to score makes him one of best midfielders of the tournament.
Ilimotama Jese- He has been leading the defence very well and has been a good Captain. The former national rep is the only experienced player in the new-look and young Ba outfit. Jese’s ability to contest aerial balls also makes him a tough opponent to go past.
Samuela Drudru- The national striker has been playing well in the tournament and scored a beautiful goal against Labasa. Drudru is yet to win a tournament with the Men in Black and would be hungry to score in the semis and put them in the final.
Sanaila Waqanicakau- The lanky marksman has tremendously picked up his game and is now a regular in the Ba lineup. His ability to take shots from a distance and finish off counter-attacking moves makes him a very dangerous striker.
Simione Nabenu- The youngster is doing well in his first tournament for Suva. The former Ba defender has played very well at centre-back and should be a tough defender to beat. His good discipline and ability to make over-laps adds more options.
Ravinesh Karan Singh-The Captain has had a quiet tournament so far but his experience should be a plus for the Whites. He has won many tournaments with Labasa and should be good in set-pieces and counter-attacking moves for Suva.
Filipe Baravilala- The co-captain’s work rate has been amazing in the tournament. He is capable of playing in defence and midfield and is also a good free-kick taker.
Josua Tawake- The stylish left midfielder has scored two goals in the tournament and has featured very strongly in all the group matches. The former Fiji U20 rep has shifted from left-back to the midfield and seems to be very comfortable in his new position.
Afraz Ali- The nippy defender scored a brilliant goal against Rewa and has been very consistent. He is seen all over the field and his ability to take power shots makes him very dangerous.
Rusiate Matarerega- Though he is yet to get a goal in the tournament, the lanky marksman’s physical presence makes him a tough customer. He has a very good scoring record against Suva and should again pose a lot of threat to the Whites in the semifinal.
By Reginald Chandar