Despite losing to Labasa by 2-1 on this Thursday, Ba advanced to 2020 Inter-District Championship (IDC) semi-finals which means that the Men in Black have the opportunity to clinch the IDC title for the 25th time in the history.
The team coached by Ronil Kumar is used to clinch titles as Ba is the team with most football titles in Fiji. However, winning the IDC this season would be something special for the current Vodafone Premier League champions.
It is important to remember that Ba’s squad changed a lot in the past months. Eleven of the 22 players who represented the Men in Black in the 2019 Inter-District Championship are no longer in the team while Manasa Nawakula and Saula Waqa are suspended after failing a drug test.
Head coach Ronil Kumar had to work the extra mile to build another strong squad. Currently in the third position at Vodafone Premier League – the top-tier league from Fiji – Ba is still alive in the fight for the national title. However, winning the 2020 IDC will have a huge impact on the squad, as it would be the first title for many players wearing Ba’s jersey.
The next challenge of the Men in Black is going to be against their biggest rivals Lautoka on Saturday. The winner of this clash will advance to 2020 IDC finals. You can check more information about this tournament by clicking here.