Mateisuva shows versatility in Labasa’s victory over Nadi

Labasa faced Nadi at Prince Charles Park last weekend and the Babasiga Lions defeated their opponents by 1-0 with a goal scored by Ilisoni Lolaivalu to remain in the fifth position in 2020 Vodafone Premier League with nineteen points in thirteen matches.

Despite the important victory, there is a particular fact that must be highlighted. Labasa had only fifteen players listed for this match, which means that four players started the game on the bench: Akuila Mateisuva, Kirtesh Prasad, Taniela Rakariva and Taniela Waqa.

Waqa and Prasad replaced Siotame Kubu and Ashnil Raju in the second half while goalkeeper Mateisuva and striker Rakariva remained on the bench. In the 79th minute, Rajiv Sharma, who is an outfield player, left the field to be replaced by Mateisuva, while Rakariva remained on the bench because he was not feeling well.

Akuila Mateisuva came from the bench to play as an outfield player

Mateisuva was an outfield player the final minutes of the clash and he had a decent performance. Another player who performed well was goalkeeper Mohammed Alam, who kept a clean sheet to help his side to beat Nadi by 1-0. You can check the current Vodafone Premier League standings, results and top scorers by clicking here.


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