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Fijian PM Bainimarama presents Suva IDC thropyFijian PM Bainimarama presents Suva IDC thropySuva left it late to claim the Inter District Championship with a 1-0 victory over Nadi at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey.

 

Nicholas Naidu fired the winner barely two minutes away from the end of the game.


The sides'  however, struggled to break each other down and despite relentless probing; it all came to the second half free kick from the top of Nadi's 18 meter box. It was no second guessing who would be called to the throne.

Naidu with his trademark delicious 'bent it like David Beckham' free-kick scored the winner.

There were plenty of half-chances, with perhaps the most presentable coming to Javid Khan on a fine Junior Evans penetrating pass but Suva goalkeeper Selvin Munian averted the danger.

The courageous save turned into a counter attack and had it not been for Wasim Khan, Nadi goalkeeper, Suva would have taken the lead.

Khan parried on a scorcher hit from Rocket Ismail which had the direction  for the net.

Suva coach Chandar Dip Singh was evidently over the moon when he approached Sportsone at the farewell ceremony for the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night.

“I’m very happy”, he said. “It was a sweet victory”.

Singh said Nadi had been a dominant team for good 7 years with equally quality players and to beat them feels so good.

“The final match was played at high tempo,with both the teams giving their all.

“My players played very well and I salute them for the effort”.

Nadi coach Ivor Evans said his team played great football and it all came down to one goal.

“You win some and you lose some. I’m happy for Suva who have tasted victory after a long time”.

Suva last won the IDC in 2010 when they beat Ba 1-0 on a Nicholas Naidu curler.

 

In the Masters division Nasinu defeated Labasa 4-3 on shootout to claim the title, the two teams played the final for the very first time.

 

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