Darold Kakasi: an underrated player

Ba is having a season of ups and downs; after the most shameful moment of their history in the start of the year in the OFC Champions League, the Men in Black are recovering themselves in the current season: after winning a series of matches in Fiji’s top-tier Vodafone Premier League – sitting now 2nd in the process – the team coached by Ronil Kumar qualified for the semi-final stage of the traditional Battle of Giants, but ended up finishing 3rd in the tournament as they defeated Nadi in the 3rd/4th playoff – Ba lost to Rewa in one of the semi-finals in the penalty shootout.

Exactly in the Battle of Giants, one young Solomon Islander stepped up to score in the last match of the tournament for Ba – that secured for them the 3rd place in the competition: Darold Kakasi. The former Laugu United man was instrumental for Ba, especially in their final match as he scored a brace against Nadi to give the bronze medal to the Men in Black. The U23 Solomon Islands international is being a regular starter for Ba since the last season – always being valuable for the team, the player is still to be recognised by his efforts.

Darold Kakasi – OFC Media

The 21-year-old attacker scored three goals in the 2020 edition of the Battle of Giants. Kakasi almost left Ba in the most recent transfer window in Fiji – the player was in talks to move to Rewa, but Ba managament persuaded him to continue in the team.

The Solomon Islander is still to receive a call up for his senior national team, but he already captained the U23 side in the last OFC U23 Olympic Qualifiers, competition that his team reached the grand final match but was defeat by a strong New Zealand side.

Since Kakasi rejoined Ba – after a little stint in Laugu United in 2019’s edition of Telekom S-League in his country – the player was used in various positions: in the OFC Champions League, coach Ricki Herbert used Kakasi as a full-back, back in the Vodafone Premier League and Battle of Giants, the player was used more as winger or even forward. His hard work and strong contribution to Ba continues as always, even after rumours linked him out of the club.

Despite his always hardworking mentality and good production inside the pitch, the young Solomon Islander is not usually seem as one of the key members of Ba squad by local fans. Kakasi is proving his value in Fiji and showing to the Oceania football community he has what it takes to fly even higher.

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