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FIJI – BA CLOSE IN ON NATIONAL LEAGUE TITLE

It has been a season that has yielded unparallelled domestic successes as well as an uninterrupted run to this year´s O-League Final.

Ba´s domination of Fiji´s club football scene has been almost absolute with the ´Men in Black´ on the verge of sealing the Fiji National League title and the mouthwatering prospect of O-League
football.

Ba face Nadi this Wednesday knowing a victory against their near neighbours will be enough to clinch a second consecutive appearance in the Oceania Football Confederation´s showpeice club
event.

Victories in the Fiji FACT, Champion of Champions and Battle of the Giants could soon be buffeted by a New World National Football League title – an emphatic exclamation mark to Ba´s dominance
against all-comers in Fiji.

The only blip on the radar for Yogendra Dutt´s men – and a source of pain and considerable heartache – was their inaugural O-League Final defeat against Waitakere United on away goals back in
April.

Now the ´Men in Black´ are on the verge of sealing Fiji´s New World National Football League title giving them a another bite at qualification for the FIFA Club World Cup – and a chance to wipe away
the memory of an O-League Final match many Ba supporters feel they let slip from their grasp.

Ba´s bruising 2-1 win over Labasa means a victory in their next match against Nadi on Wednesday will propel Dutt´s charges into the group stage of the O-League and allow the club to dream of going
one step further.

Ba´s domination of Fiji´s football scene has been almost absolute.

It has been a season that has yielded unparallelled domestic successes as well as an uninterrupted run to this year´s O-League Final.

Osea Vakatalesau and Keni Doidoi were on target for Ba in a side which remains virtually unchanged from the one that won an O-League group featuring Marist FC and AS Temanava.

Ba, it appears, are a team experiencing a golden era – an era that doesn´t look like ending any time soon.

The defence – led by penalty-taking goalkeeper Laisenia Tuba – and marshalled by four Fijian internationals, Peni Finau, Malakai Kenihewe, Shalen Lal and Jone Vesikula, has an impregnable look about
it.

The only time this quintet has been bettered was by Labasa striker Maciu Dunadamu – and only once Ba had become complacent and comfortable with a handy 2-0 lead.

Labasa´s Roy Krishna – undoubtedly Fiji´s brightest young thing and no stranger to goalscoring at international level – was unable to find a way past Ba´s solid defences.

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