Labasa’s nightmare: key players unavailable for important match against Navua

Labasa is not having a good season so far – What’s wrong with Labasa? The situation for the team coached by Ronil Lal can get even worse when they take on Navua this weekend for the Vodafone Premier League as they will not be counting on three regular starters: Lekima Gonerau, Ilisoni Lolaivalu and the star Antonio Tuivuna.

After a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Suva, Labasa is now ranked only 7th in the league – just three points away the ranked-bottom Navua, their opponent in the round. The importance of the game is obvious for the Babasiga Lions: a defeat for Navua can put them in serious danger to relegation to Vodafone Senior League, the second tier of Fijian football, something unthinkable for the Lions‘ fans after a fantastic 2019 season.

Antonio Tuivuna – FFA Media

The three usual starters of Labasa will be missing this match due yellow card accumulation, according to Fiji FA. Tuivuna was recently suspended for the first two matches of Battle of Giants, competition where Labasa also disappointed. Since his return, the star player played only matches and now will be serving suspension once again.

Gonerau is an important member of squad being a regular starter for the Babasiga Lions in the recent important glories of the team. Lolaivalu was the goalscorer of Labasa against Suva, the midfielder has been recently in a good goalscoring for the team despite the bad moment of the current Inter-Disitrict Championship title holders.

The match will be played this Saturday (05th Sep) in Navua at Uprising Sports Centre. The kick-off is set to be at 7pm FJT.

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