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Fiji Time: 09:26, Friday 18th Apr 2014
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Another milestone achievement for Ba soccer May 30

The Ba Football Association President, Rishi Kumar said Ba remains the true champions of Fiji soccer and winning the 2010 Vodafone Fiji Fact is just another milestone achievement for the men in black.

Ba last won the Fiji Fact in 2007.

Kumar said Ba has been winning tournaments every year which speaks results for the team.

Ba defeated Navua by one goal to nil in the final of the 2010 Vodafone Fiji Fact yesterday afternoon.

Midfielder, Avinesh Waran Swamy scored the winning goal for Ba in the second half.

In the semi-finals Ba beat Labasa 1-0 and Navua defeated hosts Lautoka by 2-1.


Ba crowned new Fiji Fact champs May 30

A new champion has been crowned after the Vodafone Fiji FACT finals between defending champions, Navua and Ba.

Ba rewrote their name as the giants of soccer in Fiji after Avinesh Swamy was the savior there for the Men In Black Ba when he kicked in the lone goal of the Vodafone Fiji FACT finals.

Meanwhile, Swamy said he is happy that he scored the goal to let Ba win.

Ba coach, Farouk Janeman said he was confident all along that Ba will win come Sunday afternoon.

The last time Ba won the Vodafone Fiji FACT was in 2007, from 2004 to 2007.


Navua, Ba meet in Fiji Fact final May 30

Defending Vodafone Fiji FACT champions, Navua are on track to defend their title after the Southern Forest side beat hosts Lautoka by 2 goals to 1, to book a spot in the finals this afternoon.

Navua's goals came from Maciu Dunadamu in the second minute of the first half and Seveci Rokotakala scored in the second half.

Lautoka’s goal came from an goal by Seveci Rokotakala in the first half.

Navua will meet The Men In Black Ba in the finals after Ba confirmed their spot when they beat the Babasiga Lions by 1-nil in the first semifinal with a Malakai Tiwa header.

Ba coach Farouk Janeman said that the final will be very interesting and they are looking forward to meet Navua.

Meanwhile, Navua coach Gurjeet Singh said that Navua is raring to make it three in a row.

The Vodafone Fiji FACT finals kicks off at 3pm at Churchill Park in Lautoka and you can catch a live commentary of the match on our sister station Radio Sargam.


Labasa-Ba, Navua-Lautoka clash in Fiji Fact semis May 29

The Labasa soccer team upset the Lautoka side 2-0 to top pool 1 of the Vodafone Fiji Fact forcing the hosts to the runners-up position.

Labasa will play Ba in the first semi final at 9am (Fiji time).

Ba advanced to the semifinal after Navua defeated Rewa 1-0 which brought life line in Ba’s camp and they thrashed Nasinu 7-0 to be the runners-up in pool 2 with Navua being the pool winner.

Navua will clash with Lautoka in the second semi final at 10:30am (Fiji time).

The results of the matches on the second last day:

Labasa 2 – 0 Lautoka
Ba 7 – 0 nasinu
Rewa 0 – 1 Navua
Suva 0 – 1 Nadroga
Nadi 0 – 2 Lautoka
Tavua 2 – 0 Nasinu

Semi finals:
9am: Labasa – Ba (Labasa pool 1 winner, Ba runner-up-pool 2)

10:30am: Navua – Lautoka (Navua pool 2 winner, Lautoka runner-up pool 1)

Final:3pm


Blues qualify for Fiji Fact semis May 29

Lautoka is the third team which has qualified for the semi-finals of the 2010 Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Lautoka defeated Nadi 2 goals to nil earlier this afternoon.

Along with Lautoka, Navua and Labasa have already qualified for the semi-finals.

The last team to make to the semi-finals will be decided between Rewa and Ba.

Rewa plays Navua this hour and if they manage to draw the match, they will qualify to the semis, however if Rewa loses the match, than Ba will need to beat Nasinu by a better goal average to qualify for the semis tomorrow.

In an earlier match today, Tavua beat Nasinu 2-0.

Looking at the games coming up at Churchill Park, Rewa is currently playing against Navua, Ba plays Nasinu at 6.15pm and the last match of the day will be played between Lautoka and Labasa at 7.30pm.

You can catch the live commentary of the Navua - Rewa and Lautoka - Labasa match at 7.30pm on our sister station, Radio Sargam.


Navua defense stands tall May 29

No goals have so far been scored against Navua in the Vodafone Fiji Fact and the team President believes their defense has stood tall in all the games that have been played so far.

Navua which has nine points has already qualified for the semifinals and is one of the favorites to win the title.

Team President Anil Sharma said they want to meet Labasa in the final tomorrow.

Along with Navua, Labasa is the second team which has qualified for the semifinals.

Looking at the matches for today, Tavua is currently playing Nasinu, at 2.30pm Nadi will play against Lautoka, Suva meets Nadroga at 3.45, Rewa takes on Navua at 5pm, Ba plays Nasinu at 6.15pm and the last match of the day will be played between Lautoka and Labasa at 7.30pm.

You can catch the live commentary of the Navua - Rewa at 5pm and Lautoka - Labasa match at 7.30pm on our sister station, Radio Sargam.


Navua on track May 29

The defending champions of the Vodafone Fiji Fact, Navua is on track to retain their title after the team booked its place in the semifinals.

Navua defeated Ba last night by 1-0 and now has nine points.

The second team which will qualify with Navua from pool two will be known this afternoon as Rewa just needs a draw against Navua and they will qualify for the semifinals.

However, if Navua beats Rewa this afternoon then Ba will have to defeat Nasinu to book a place for themselves in the semifinals.

Rewa currently has seven points while Ba is sitting on four points.

Labasa which has seven points has qualified for the semifinals from pool one and Lautoka which is playing two games today are favorites to book their place in the semis tomorrow.

Lautoka after playing two games has six points.

Looking at the matches that were played last night, Lautoka beat Nadroga 1-0, Rewa defeated Nasinu 2-0, Ba went down to Navua 1-0 and Suva beat Nadi 2-0.

At 12 noon today, Tavua will take on Nasinu, at 2.30pm Nadi will play against Lautoka, Suva meets Nadroga at 3.45, Rewa takes on Navua at 5pm, Ba plays Nasinu at 6.15pm and the last match of the day will be played between Lautoka and Labasa at 7.30pm.

You can catch the live commentary of the Navua - Rewa at 5pm and Lautoka - Labasa match at 7.30pm on our sister station Radio Sargam.


Navua, Labasa qualify for semifinals May 28

Navua and Labasa have booked their place in the semi finals of the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Lautoka managed a last minute goal by Osea Vakatalesau against 10 men Nadroga 1-0 in the last game of the day.

Things are not looking good for the Ba soccer side as they went down against Navua 1-0 and now have very slim chance of qualifying into the semi-finals.

Navua’s lone goal was scored by Stephen Clemens in the first half.

In other matches today, Rewa beat Tavua 3-0, Labasa defeated Nadroga 3-1, Nadi went down against Suva 3-0 and Rewa beat Nasinu 2-0.


Babasiga Lions beat Nadroga May 28

The Babsiga Lions improved from their game against Nadi yesterday to beat Nadroga 3-1.

Labasa which is in Pool one has seven points and may qualify for the semi finals from their Pool.

Waitakere United based Roy Krishna scored two goals while Ilisoni Logivou got the third goal for the Northerners.

The Ba soccer team must win against Navua this afternoon in the Vodafone Fiji Fact to keep its chances alive for a berth in the Semi finals.

Ba has played two games and have four points so far and if they draw or lose against Navua, than Navua and Rewa will have more chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Navua who are the defending champions currently have six points from two matches and are favorites to qualify for the semi-finals while Rewa which has four points play Nasinu this evening and also look good to book a place in the semis.

Tavua is the first team which has bowed out of the tournament with three straight losses.

Looking at the matches played today, Rewa defeated Tavua 3-0 and Suva beat Nadi by the same scoreline.

Ba versus Navua game is underway and at 6.45 Rewa battles against Nasinu.

Lautoka takes on Nadroga at 8pm in the last match.

You can catch the live commentaries of the Ba - Navua and Lautoka - Nadroga matches on our sister radio station, Radio Sargam.


Rewa on track for Fiji Fact semis May 28

The Rewa soccer team is on track to try to claim a spot in the semi finals of the 2010 Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Rewa defeated Tavua three nil a while ago at Churchill Park and now has four points.

Rewa plays Nasinu this evening and are favorites to win this game.

James Naka, Abrahem Iniga and Marika Rodu scored the goals for Rewa.

Rewa is pooled with Ba, Navua, Nasinu and Tavua.

Rewa drew against Ba last night and has now defeated Tavua which means that the Ba/Navua winner will have a greater advantage to make it to the semis.

Ba has won one match against Tavua by 1-0 while they have drawn against Rewa.

Looking at the games coming up this afternoon, Nadroga is currently playing against Labasa, Suva plays Nadi at 4.15, Ba takes on Navua at 5.30, Rewa battles against Nasinu at 6.45 and Lautoka takes on Nadroga at 8pm in the last match.

You can catch the live commentaries of the Suva - Nadi, Ba - Navua and Lautoka - Nadroga matches on our sister radio station, Radio Sargam.


Coach disappointed with performance May 28

Following a scoreless game last night in the Vodafone Fiji FACT, the Babasiga Lions side is looking at winning their next encounter this afternoon.

The Labasa boys had earlier beaten Suva in their opening pool game last week, beating the capital side 2-nil, coach Epeli Levaci was banking on another successful encounter.

Speaking after the game last night where they drew nil-all with Nadi, Levaci said he was disappointed with their performance.

Levaci added that it is back to the drawing board for the side.

Labasa will face Nadroga this afternoon at 3pm.

Meanwhile, with the games kicking off in the next hour, we will see Rewa taking on a Tavua side that is out for a win after two straight losses so far.

There will be a total of four commentaries this afternoon on our sister station Radio Sargam where you can listen to the live commentaries of the games between Rewa and Tavua at 12.30pm, Suva/Nadi game at 4.15pm, Ba/Navua at 5.30pm and the last game of the evening at 8pm between Lautoka and Nadroga.


Suva, Tavua likely to drop out of Fiji FACT May 28

Suva and Tavua both face dropping out of the Vodafone Fiji FACT and have slim chances of making it into the next stage after losing two matches in a row.

Suva lost their earlier game to Labasa 2-nil in their first pool game and then last night went down to hosts Lautoka 1-nil.

Meanwhile, Tavua lost their first game to Ba 1-nil and then had the same score line against Navua last night.

Top guns held to scoreless draw as ten men Rewa managed to hold the star stud Ba side to a nil-all draw and Nadi managed to hold Labasa nil-all.

Rewa’s Kelepi Qaqa got the first red card of the day after he elbowed Ba’s Tuimasi Manuca.

Navua, on the other hand scored a last minute goal by Maciu Dunadamu to edge underdogs Tavua 1-0 in the first game of the day.

This from our commentators, Nadeem Mohameed and Ravi Sharma.

The last game of the day saw hosts Lautoka beat Suva 1-0.

Samuela Kautoga scored from an Alvin Avinesh cross in the 23rd minute of the second half.

The first Super Premiere game will begin at 12:30pm today between Rewa and Tavua which we will be bringing you live commentary of on our sister radio station Radio Sargam.


Navua targets 3 in a row May 27

With just hours remaining for the 2010 Vodafone Fiji Fact to start at Churchill Park in Lautoka, defending champion Navua is out to make it three in a row.

The team is laced with experience and overseas based players and will have the extra edge when it comes to crunch games against teams like Ba and Rewa.

Team president Anil Sharma said Navua will treat each game like the final.

The Southerners will be using US based striker Stefan Clemens as their trump card at the four-day tournament that kicks off in Lautoka this afternoon.

Clemens assisted the Navua side in their first ever win at the Courts Homecentres Inter District Championship last season, and he is now out to make a similar contribution in Navua's defense of the Vodafone Fiji FACT title.

The Bay Area Ambassadors striker was immediately at his best as his first minute goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Nasinu last Sunday at the TFL National Stadium in Suva during the first round of the Fiji Fact.

Coach Gurjit Singh has instructed his boys to come out fast and strong right from the first minute of play and score a goal every time they have the opportunity.

The US star is fully backing Navua to do wonders at the Fiji FACT, adding that the southern based side is special to him and that is why he wanted to come back again this year.

Navua face Tavua at 5:30pm in the opening match of the Vodafone Fiji Fact tournament and is in Pool Two alongside Ba, Nasinu and Rewa.

Meanwhile, a live commentary can be heard of the Labasa/Nadi match at 6:45pm, the Ba/Rewa match at 8pm and the Lautoka/Suva match at 9:15pm on our sister station Radio Sargam.


Brazilian style football to be seen at FACT May 27

A Brazilian style of football will be seen during the Vodafone Fiji Fact this weekend.

Pedro Osorio born in Brazil, who now plays in USA arrives into the country this morning to bolster Navua team's chances of winning the Fiji Fact for the third time in a row.

Navua president Anil Sharma said Osorio has been cleared to play after they received his International Transfer Clearance.

A win for Navua in their second match against Tavua today could seal their place in the semifinal.

The Vodafone Fiji Fact officially kick off today at 5:30pm at Churchill Park in Lautoka.


Rewa tagged as underdogs in Fact May 26

Rewa soccer team will go into the Vodafone Fiji Fact this weekend, with the underdogs tag.

The Delta Tigers have never won the tournament since it started in 1991.

Association President Pranil Singh said this could be Rewa's year, after wrapping up training last night.

He said preparations have so far been good and the morale amongst the players is high and they believe that they can create history in Lautoka, come Sunday afternoon.

Rewa is boosted with the inclusion of Solomon Internationals Abraham Inga and Joe L.I.

The other players that have responsibilities on their shoulders to bring glory to Rewa are James Naka, Simione Tamanisau, Ratu Veresa Toma, and Marika Rodu.

Rewa who was on a bye in the opening round will play Ba in their opening match tomorrow at 8pm at Churchill Park. You can catch a live commentary of this match on our sister station Radio Sargam.


Suva soccer defender cleared to play May 26

The Suva soccer team defender Krishna Sami has been cleared to play in the rest of the games at the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Krishna was doubtful after he injured his knee while playing against Labasa in the opening round last weekend.

Suva team president Mahen Prasad said Krishna had to go for a fitness test yesterday and has been passed fit to play.

Suva must win their next match against Lautoka tomorrow to have any chance of progressing further in the tournament.

A loss could see them bow out of the tournament.

Lautoka/Suva match will kick off tomorrow at 9:15pm.


Lautoka include NZ goalkeeper May 25

The Lautoka football team will be boosted today with the arrival of New Zealand based goalkeeper Danny Robinson for the Fiji Fact.

He will replace Alifereti Baleloa, who has been suspended for disciplinary reasons.

The sugar city side didn't have any experienced goalkeeper and had to bring in Robinson who plays for Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football Championship.

Meanwhile two other New Zealand based players Salesh Kumar and Jurteet Singh arrives on Thursday in time for their first pool match against Suva.

Lautoka football president Shalen Prasad said his side is prepared to win the tournament in front of their home crowd.

Lautoka plays Suva in their opening pool match on Thursday at 9:15pm and you can catch a live commentary of the match on our sister station radio Sargam.


Labasa yet to win on western soil May 25

Labasa soccer team has never tasted victory on Western Soil in major soccer tournaments.

The Babasiga Lions started their campaign on a high with a 2-0 victory over Suva in the opening round last weekend.

Team coach Epeli Levaci said they have succeeded in winning the tournaments on Southern soil and in Labasa.

But they are travelling to Lautoka with high hopes of returning with a Vodafone Fiji Fact trophy in their bag.

He said like every other team, they also have a dream of winning the first major soccer title of the year.

Labasa plays their second pool match against Nadi on Thursdat at Churchill Park.


Dutt predicts Ba, Lautoka, Labasa, Navua May 25

Former Ba soccer team coach Yogen Dutt has predicted the first four teams in the National Soccer League points table will reach the semifinal stages at the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Dutt who coached Ba to many victories in the Tournament, said hard work is needed to win a tournament and he has seen these in the top four teams like Ba, Lautoka, Labasa and Navua.

He said the rest of the teams might struggle to reach the last four in the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

The Vodafone Fiji Fact officially starts on Thursday at Churchill Park in Lautoka, with the opening match between reigning champions Navua and Tavua.


Finau ruled out against Rewa May 24

Ba soccer defender Peni Finau has been ruled out of the second match of the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Finau was shown a red card in Ba's opening match against Tavua for a dangerous tackle.

He has been suspended for one match on Thursday against Rewa but will be available from the next match.

Meanwhile the Vodafone Fiji Fact officially starts on Thursday at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Defending champions Navua will be playing their second match against Tavua straight after the official opening while Labasa meets Nadi, Ba takes on Rewa and the last match on Thursday will see hosts Lautoka play against Suva.


Crucial first round victories for top sides May 24

Top sides Navua, Ba and Labasa picked up crucial victories in the first round of the 2010 Vodafone Fiji FACT over the weekend.

Boosted with the services of O League stars Roy Krishna, the Labasa side beat Suva 2 0 at Subrail Park.

Elsewhere Hekari United striker Tuimasi Manuca scored the lone goal for his Ba side's close 1 0 victory over Tavua at Govind Park.

Defending Fiji FACT champions Navua were taken right down to the wire by Nasinu but a goal in the first minutes of play by US based Stefan Clemens was the difference in the 1 0 victory at TFL National Stadium in Suva.

Gurjit Singh the Navua head coach believes his side needs to pull their socks up if they are to defend their title.

Meanwhile Nasinu coach and former National Football rep Ravuama Madigi added that his side needed a quick recovery before their next match.

Navua and Nasinu are in Pool Two alongside giants Ba, Rewa and Tavua. Lautoka , Suva, Labasa, Nadi and Nadroga are in Pool One.

In other result this past weekend at Lawaqa Park Nadroga and Nadi played to a 1 1 draw.

The Fiji FACT starts proper this Thursday at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

The final is scheduled to be played 3pm on Sunday.


Labasa most impressive in first round May 24

The Labasa soccer team are the most impressive side after the first round of competition in the Vodafone Fiji Fact last weekend.

The Babasiga Lions defeated Suva 2-nil at Subrail Park on Saturday with clear indications they will be the team to beat in the four day tournament which will start on Thursday at Churchill Park.

They now lead Pool 1 with 3 points and will travel to Lautoka knowing they have the services of players like Pita Bolaitoga, Roy Krishna, Joseph Nimiriau and Misaele Draunibaka.

In other game played yesterday, defending champion Navua edged Nasinu 1-nil.

Our soccer commentator Ravi Sharma said the Nasinu side played their heart out against a star studded Navua team.

In other game yesterday, Nadroga and Nadi played to a 1 all draw while on Saturday, Ba beat Tavua 1-nil.


Navua beats Nasinu May 23

Defending Vodafone Fiji Fact champion Navua started their campaign on a winning note this afternoon with a 1-nil win against Nasinu.

The Gurjeet Singh coached side scored in the second minute of the first half and kept Nasinu score-less.

This is how our soccer commentator Ravi Sharma described the goal.

In other game today, Nadroga and Nadi played to a 1 all draw at Lawaqa Park.

Yesterday, Labasa defeated Suva 2-nil and Ba edge Tavua 1-nil.

The pool game of the Fiji Fact will kick-off on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Park in Lautoka.


Ba/Labasa record wins May 22

Labasa soccer team has made a good start in the opening round of the Vodafone Fiji Fact beating Suva by 2-0 in front of their home crowd.

The Babasiga Lions will now go into the tournament proper next week in Lautoka with more confidence.

They have 3 points and 2 goals advantage.

Ilisoni Logaivau opened the scoring for Labasa while Joseph Nimiriau got the second in their 2-0 victory.

Labasa coach Epeli Levaci was satisfied with the win.

Meanwhile in other game today Ba beat Tavua 1-0.

Tui Masi Manuca playing his first game for Ba this season scored the only goal of the match.

But later Ba was reduced to 10-men, when defender Peni Finau was shown the red card.


Big crowd expected for Suva/Labasa match May 22

A big crowd is expected at Subrail Park today to witness the opening round of match between Labasa and Suva in the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Labasa football interim president Sheik Ibrahim confirmed that most of the tickets have been sold out.

Ibrahim said Labasa soccer fans have gone crazy for today’s match especially when they heard that New Zealand based Roy Krishna and Papua New Guinea based Pita Bolatoga will be playing the starting line-up.

According to Ibrahim, the Labasa/Suva match is not to be missed and the outcome of the result will determine their chances of progressing further in the tournament.

Labasa/Suva match kicksoff at 1:30pm at Subrail Park.

Meanwhile in other Fiji Fact match today, Ba plays Tavua at 3pm at Govind Park.

You can catch a live commentary of the match on our sister station Radio Sargam.


Labasa confident of beating Suva May 22

Labasa soccer team is confident of beating Suva in their opening match of the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Babasiga Lions will have the services of two star players Roy Krishna and Pita Bolatoga in their starting line-up today and both players are expected to play key roles in today's game.

Labasa soccer coach Epeli Levaci said they have prepared well and there are a lot of expectations from the fans in the North and to make them happy, they want a winning start.

Meanwhile Suva coach Dennis Singh, is hoping to return from Subrail Park with three points in bag, which will give the capital city side more boost in the rest of the pool games starting in Lautoka next week.

Singh has taken an experienced Suva side but will not underestimate Labasa.

The Labasa / Suva match will kickoff at 1:30pm today at Subrail Park.

Meanwhile in other Fiji Fact match today, Ba plays Tavua at 3pm at Govind Park.

You can catch a live commentary of the match on our sister station Radio Sargam.


Nadroga to rely on Nigerian imports May 21

Nadroga soccer team will rely heavily on Nigerian imports to deliver in their opening match against Nadi in the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

A A Akande and O Saheed, who play in the Division One League in Nigeria have joined the side and have been given the green light by Fiji Football Association to play for the Stallions.

Nadroga football president Dhirendra Lal said their inclusion has really boosted the team’s chances of winning.

Nadroga have only won the Fiji Fact title twice in 1993 and 2001.

They play Nadi in their opening pool match on Sunday at 3pm at Lawaqa Park.


Ba gears up for Fiji FACT May 21 2010

The Men In Black have a record of most tournament wins and whenever they have reached the semifinals, most of the time they have gone to win the tournament.

Other districts always try to put them out in the pool stages, so they have better chance of winning the tournament.

Ba team coach Ravinesh Kumar said like other team's they have also been gearing well.

Kumar said despite three key players out, Ba will try to win the Fiji Fact for the eighth time.

Ba plays Tavua in their opening match tomorrow at 3pm at Govind Park.


Lautoka without five key players May 20 2010

Lautoka soccer team will go into the Vodafone Fiji Fact tournament without its five top players.

Defender Samuela Vula, Apisai Smith, Ilaitia Tuilau and goalkeeper Alifereti Baleiloa have been dropped from the final 22-member squad.

All these players remain on suspension for breaking team protocols and it is believed that Jone Vono Junior will be banned for three years.

Lautoka soccer president Shalen Prasad said despite the setbacks, they have enough players who can fill in their shoes and perform well.

Prasad is confident that Lautoka will produce the goods in the tournament.

He said their three New Zealand based players Danny Robinson, Salesh Kumar and Jurteet Singh, will arrive next week.

Lautoka is on a bye in the opening round and plays Suva in their opening match on next Thursday at Churchill Park.


First game is always tough-Sharma May 20 2010

Playing a first game in any major soccer tournament is always tough.

This is a view of Navua soccer president Anil Sharma.

He said players always find it hard in their opening match as it takes time for them to settle down.

Sharma said in tournaments teams play 60 minutes soccer and no one can be under estimated.

Navua's opening match is against Nasinu and Sharma said they can pose a threat to them.

Navua may go into the match against Nasinu with all local based players, because so far they haven't received the ITC of their overseas based players.

Navua who is the defending champions and going for a hat-trick this year will play Nasinu on Sunday at 3pm at the tfl National Stadium.


Overseas based players cleared to play May 19 2010

It’s a good news for Labasa / Ba and Lautoka soccer team's that their overseas based players have been cleared to play in the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Labasa have New Zealand based Roy Krishna, Papua New Guinea based Pita Bolatoga while Ba has Papua New Guinea based Tui Masi Manuca and Lautoka has registered Waitakere United's goalkeeper Daniel Robinson.

Fiji Football Association, Chief Executive Bob Kumar has confirmed that they have received the ITC from the respective overseas club, and these players can play in the district they have registered with for the Fiji Fact.

The other soccer districts that will have the services of overseas based players are Rewa, Nadroga and Navua.


Labasa out to break 10 year drought May 19 2010

Can Labasa soccer team break the 10 year hoodoo and win this year's Vodafone Fiji Fact?

The Babasiga Lions have played eight finals in Fiji Fact and were only lucky on three occasions in 1992, 1997 and 1999 and lost five finals.

This time they could be lucky, as they had an impressive start in the National Football League competition and has always been a team to watch in the 60 minute soccer.

They will heavily rely on New Zealand based Roy Krishna and Papua New Guinea based Pita Bolatoga in the first major tournament of the year.

Team secretary Imraan Hussein said Labasa is not in an easy pool and they will do their best to see them come through to semifinal stages.

Labasa start their Fiji Fact campaign against Suva on Saturday in the opening round. The match will kickoff at 1:30pm at Subrail Park.


Tavua to prove critics wrong May 18 2010

Tavua soccer team has not been given any chance by soccer pundits to win this year's Vodafone Fiji Fact.

The Gold Town based side has also struggled so far in the National Football League competition and lies at the bottom of the points table.

The newly appointed President Davendra Naidu said they will go into the tournament as underdogs and will try to prove the critics wrong.

He said Tavua's progress into the tournament proper will be known this weekend when they take on Ba in their opening match.

Tavua who last won the Fiji Fact 1994 will rely on experienced players like Arjun Pillay, Valerio Nasema, Manasa Tubuna and Varinava Lotu to win the tournament.

Tavua plays Ba in their opening match on Saturday at 3pm at Govind Park.


Overseas refs to officiate in Fact May 18 2010

Two overseas soccer referees have been named in the 21 member panel to officiate at the Vodafone Fiji Fact.

Solomons John Saohu and Vanuatu’s George Bruce arrive in the country tomorrow and will be given the chance to control Super Premier games.

Fiji Football Referees Director Chandra Segran said under the Oceania Football Exchange Program, they were allowed to rope in two referees from overseas.

Also included in the 21 member panel of referees are three women referees, Finau Vulivuli, Salote Maria Yaya and Luse Tinaikui, who will act as assistant refs in the tournament.

The opening round of games in the Fiji Fact will be held this weekend.


Teams get ready for Fiji FACT May 17 2010

Teams now change their focus towards the 2010 Vodafone Fiji FACT following the last weekend round of National Football League matches.

Weet Bix Shop N Save Lautoka maintains their lead in the National Football League following their 2-0 victory over Royal Tea Nadi on Sunday at Prince Charles Park.

Stylish midfielder Alvin Avinesh and defender Samuela Kautoga scored a goal each to guide the Blues.

Elsewhere Kit Kat Southern Forest Navua has jumped to third spot on the standings.

Maciu Dunadamu's lone second half goal was enough to secure three crucial points.

BIC Power Electric Suva also found lost rhythm to upset arch rivals Viva Rewa 3 0 at TFL National Stadium.

The first round of the 2010 Vodafone Fiji FACT begins this weekend.

The tournament proper starts on the 27th of May at Churchill Park Lautoka.


Suva ready to take on Labasa May 17 2010

Suva soccer team’s preparation for the Vodafone Fiji Fact is right on track after their 3-0 victory over Rewa in the National Football League yesterday.

The side has marched into camp from today and will have three training sessions per day, under the watchful eyes of Coach Dennis Singh.

Suva soccer president Mahen Prasad said they will be travelling to Labasa for their opening round game this weekend and it should not be a worry although the Babasiga Lions have always been tough to beat at home.

Suva play Labasa in their opening match on Saturday at 1:30pm at Subrail Park.

In the other games in the opening round, Ba plays Tavua on Saturday.

On Sunday, defending champions Navua take on Nasinu at the TFL National Stadium and Nadroga hosts Nadi at Lawaqa Park.

Both these games will kickoff at 3pm.


Suva out to break 14 year jinx May 17 2010

Suva soccer president Mahen Prasad believes his side can break the 14-year jinx at this year's Vodafone Fiji Fact.

The capital city side last won the Fiji Fact in 1995 and since then they have only once played in the final 2004 but lost to Ba 2-0.

Prasad said they can only achieve their goal if players show commitment towards training and during game times.

He said Coach Dennis Singh has been working on a formula that can bring glory to the capital city.

Suva plays Labasa in their opening match at the Fiji Fact on Saturday at Subrail Park at 1:30pm.


Vodafone sponsors Fiji Fact for $50,000 May 14 2010

Vodafone today gave a cheque of $50,000 to Fiji Football Association for the first major soccer tournament of the year, the Fiji Fact.

The Vodafone Corporate Affairs Manager Shalen Prasad while presenting the cheque, said this year's Fiji Fact will be very challenging after the success of first round games in the National Football League competition.

He said the 10 Super Premier teams are now gearing into a more serious mode and many teams will be out to stop Navua from making it three in a row.

The Fiji FACT will be held from the 27th to 30th May at Churchill Park in Lautoka. But the first round games will be played next Saturday and Sunday.











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