A phoenix is a mythological bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with fire and the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again.
Labasa’s campaign at 2020 Inter-District Championship (IDC) can be compared to this legend. After a disastrous loss to Navua in the opening day, the Babasiga Lions smashed Nadi by 4-0 to keep fighting for a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament.
With three points in two matches, Labasa reached the final day of Inter-District Championship’s group stage with a tough mission: beat current Vodafone Premier League champions Ba to advance to the semi-finals.
What seemed unlikely soon became a concrete reality. With early goals scored by Ilisoni Lolaivalu and Taniela Waqa, Labasa took the necessary advantage to stay alive in the tournament as the goal scored by Ba’s forward Samuela Drudru was not enough to prevent Labasa from winning. At the final whistle, the score was 2-1 in favour of Babasiga Lions.
The team coached by Ronil Lal finished the group stage in the first position with six points in three matches and now the Babasiga Lions must focus on the clash against Rewa in the semi-finals of the tournament.
Like a phoenix, Lions arose from the ashes and people should not underestimate them. It would not be a surprise if we see Labasa lifting the Inter-District Championship’s trophy for the second straight year – which would be the perfect end to the team’s incredible recovery in the tournament. You can check more information about 2020 IDC by clicking here.