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Fiji teams learn Cup fate

The participating eight teams were drawn into two groups of four, with defending champions Labasa in Pool B alongside current Premier League leaders Lautoka, Suva and Nadroga.
Meanwhile, Pool A includes last year’s runners-up Rewa as well as Ba, Nadi and Nadroga.
Labasa-born Krishna said his hometown is looking forward to hosting the 26th edition of the tournament.
“Both pools are tough and I know the people of Labasa will have some exciting football to watch.
“I am a die-hard fan of Labasa and I would request the players to be disciplined and dedicate themselves for their district in order to give glory to the people here in the North next month,” said the Wellington Phoenix striker.
Fiji Football Association competitions manager Amitesh Pal was also delighted to stage the tournament in Labasa.
“This is the first tournament of the year and we are looking forward to it,” he said.
“There is a lot of interest in Labasa and we are happy to have the tournament here.”
Pal has also thanked Krishna by saying his presence played an important role in promoting the tournament.
“Roy is our only professional football player playing overseas and everyone was out to meet him,” he said.
“He is like a role model for most of the youths in the country.”
Meanwhile, Labasa president Rayaz Khan said the hosts were ready to defend their crown in front of their fans.
“We are the defending champions and we will give our best shot to retain the title on home soil.
“It’s been a long time we held this tournament and it is a good opportunity for the people of Labasa to come and support us,” he said.
The group stages of the competition will be played between 17 and 19 June at Subrail Park in Labasa.
The semifinals and final are scheduled to take place between 1 and 3 July, with venues to be confirmed later.


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