Sairusi Nalaubu, the Fijian international, made a spectacular start to the 2023 Digicel Fiji Premier League season with a stunning hattrick against Labasa on Saturday, 25th Feb. The Lautoka striker was in fine form, scoring one goal from the penalty spot in the first half, and then added two more in the second half.
The match against Labasa was the first of the season for both teams, and Nalaubu’s performance set the tone for the rest of the campaign. He showed his class by scoring three times, making him the top scorer of the day, and giving his team a vital victory over their opponents.
The hattrick was Nalaubu’s second in the Fijian top-tier league, and it was also the second time he achieved this feat against Labasa. He also scored three times against them in a match in 2020 while playing for Suva. Nalaubu’s remarkable performance on Saturday demonstrated why he is one of the most celebrated players in Fiji currently.
Nalaubu’s impressive goal-scoring record also includes the golden boot award for the 2022 season of the league, making him one of the most sought-after strikers in the league. His talent, skill, and dedication to the sport have made him a valuable asset to his team, and he has become a fan favorite due to his impressive performances on the field.
The match against Labasa also marked the debut of Lautoka’s new head coach, Ronil Kumar. Kumar will be hoping that Nalaubu’s performance is a sign of good things to come for the team as they aim to compete for the title this season.