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Viti Club Canada lose final

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Viti Club Canada Sanatan team: FBViti Club Canada Sanatan team: FBVITI Club Canada’s fairy-tale run at the Sanatan World Cup ended when they lost 1-0 to Sydney Savusavu in the grand finale at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

The Canadians had maintained a clean record leading up to the finale game, but a first half penalty to Jason Lal stood as the game winner.

Sportsone’s Riten Gosai said Viti Club Canada had started off the game on a good pace and looked to be the better of the two teams.

But in one of the defensive gaffe, he said the defenders joined the play up field and failed to jockey back, that setup the counterattack.

“The back-line joined the attack on a decisive run and basically got caught".

“It was not a clear goal scoring chance as the striker had overrun the ball, but the defender was flagged for elbowing”.

Gosai said VCC tried hard to get back on even terms in the second half but hot and humid conditions failed to spark the team, who appeared lethargic.

Vinny Sharma said he was pleased with the overall performance, agreed it was not their day as the lone goal have them settle as the runners-up of the division.

“I must thank the boys for their hard work and the resilience”, he said.

The team had also finished second during the 2016 Sanatan World Cup in New Zealand.

New Zealand based and the mirrored former Fijian midfielder Ramendra Dutt, a guest player on team was named the Most Valuable Player of the Veteran 45s division.


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