Currently in the second position at Vodafone Premier League – the top-tier league from Fiji – Suva was considered one of the favourite teams to win the Inter-District Championship this year. The Capital City Boys also had the support of the fans, as the tournament is being played at ANZ Stadium.
Suva did not have a good start in the tournament as they lost to Nasinu in the opening day. However, the 4-2 victory against their biggest rivals Rewa was a huge boost for team coached by Babs Khan in the fight for a spot in the semi-finals.
The Capital City Boys counted on the crowd support against Lautoka in the final clash of the group stage. After starting the match on the bench, Christopher Wasasala and Sairusi Nalaubu – two of Suva’s most important players – came to the pitch in the 26th minute to replace Semi Matalau and Jonetani Buksh.
After a nil-nil draw in the first half, anxiety took over Suva’s crowd until the 67th minute when Wasasala scored a beautiful goal to put his side ahead. This 1-0 victory would be enough to book a spot in the semi-finals but Lautoka managed to equalize a few minutes later with a goal scored by Malakai Rakula.
The goal scored by Rakula threw cold water on Suva’s motivation. At the final whistle, the score was an 1-1 draw and the Capital City Boys were knocked-out of the tournament. On the other hand, celebration took over Lautoka’s players and staff as they advanced to the semi-finals.
After reaching Inter-District Championship’s final in the past two editions, Suva will have to wait one more year to fight for this title again while Lautoka will face their biggest rivals Ba in the semi-finals on Saturday. You can check more information about 2020 Inter-District Championship by clicking here.