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UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
This is for all the Fiji Soccer Fans. Specially Lautoka FC fans. Lets update Lautoka FC news, Photos, etc
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
Congratulations to the Blues for going through the 2009 NewWorld National Soccer League unbeaten -- a remarkable achievement.

For now, they take the tag of 'The Invincibles'.

Some Lautoka fans may draw comparison with Arsenal's invincible squad of the 2003-2004 English Premier League season, but really you can't compare the Gunners 38-game season to an 18-game run. It's a rare feat nonetheless for the fast-improving Lautoka, a side that has shown tremendous consistency over the last year.

With three tournament final appearances, an IDC crown and oh League qualification, better days are here for the underachievers of the 90s.

They're the form team at the moment.

Diaper days are over for the Baby Blues. They're up and running and in command like the Lautoka of yesteryears, mainly the 80s, that unearthed household names like Upendra Choy, the late Gopal Krishna, dual international Pita Dau, Kelemedi "Cheetah" Vosuga, Poasa Tubuna, the late Simon Joseph, Sam Work, Terry Waqaliti, Jerry Ladawa, Mohammed Sharif, Nasoni Buli, Epeli "Kosa" Raganivatu and the list goes on.

Before that, they had perhaps the greatest local footballer of all times -- Augustine Thoman.

The feared marksman of the late 50s and 60s helped Lautoka whip Ba 6-0 in the 1959 IDC final, switched districts and helped Ba beat Nadi 2-1 in the 1961 IDC final before returning to the Blues in their 7-0 annihilation of Ba in the 1962 final -- the biggest score line in an IDC final.

Some of the other big names those days and in the days to follow were Chandar Bhan Singh, Naga Sanjeevi, Arjun Gopal, Dr AS Pillay, Yakub Khan, Raga Mutu, Shorty Subarmani and lanky stopper Nicholas Rounds. Lautoka continues to produce quality talent. Players of late include the brothers from Topline -- Bakalevu Moceimereke, Maika Waqa and Taniela Waqa. There's Sekove Tama Vosuga, who now resides in Suva.

The likes of Vishwa Nair and Navin Kumar, now based in New Zealand, Amenatave Sova, who is into golf these days, and the wily Salesh Sami Bula.

Pint-sized Sami netted one of the two goals (Bavu villager Watisoni Voli netted the other) when Lautoka broke a 15-year tournament drought with a 2-0 win over Nadroga in the 2000 Fiji FACT final at Prince Charles Park.

Veteran Sami, plucked out of obscurity and onto stardom by his mentor and boss, Raymond Singh, managing director of Islands Electric, is still at it and often used as an impact player.
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago

The Australian Imports for IDC
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago

Jono Vono......Bluez Captain and Fiji Player of the year 2008.........
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
   Lautoka's goalkeeper Ali Cem Akbal
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
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Lautoka Bluez against Nasinu.........
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago

Lautoka's vetran Salesh Sami Bula.........
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago

Lautoka's Kamal Hassan against Rewa in Battle of the Giants Tournment.....
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
     Bluez Fans.....
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago

Fiji Stricker Roy Krishna......In New Zealand
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
The Lautoka football side created history on Sunday afternoon at Churchill Park as they reclaimed the National League title after a 21 year dry spell.

The 'Shop and Save Blues, ' who last won the National League title in 1988, overcame Navua 1-0 to clinch the National League title with an unbeaten record. Lautoka have also clinched the league with one match in hand, against Nadi next weekend.

Midfielder Keni Doidoi scored the lone goal of the evenly contested affair from the penalty spot after Lautoka won a penalty in the 12th minute of the first spell.

Navua toiled hard to equalise the match but excellent goalkeeping by Alifereti Baleloa and good defence by Apisai Smith and Samuela Vula kept the Lautoka’s lead intact until the final whistle.

Lautoka president Shalendra Prasad was on cloud nine after the win and dedicated the win to all the well wishers and supporters of the Blues.

“The boys played well I am very happy with their performance this afternoon. The win means a lot for Lautoka football since we have recaptured the National League title after 21 long and hard years. ”

“The credit for the win also goes to former coach Dennis Singh and manager Karuna Pillay who played a vital role in the team’s success this season. ”

“The win has boosted the morale of the team ahead of the Inter District Championship (IDC), the focus shifts towards retention of the title again this season, ” Prasad told Lautoka supporters post-match.

Navua boss Anil Sharma rued the missed opportunities of his team and congratulated Lautoka on its win.

“We had a lot of goal scoring opportunities but unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalise on our chances. ”

“The team has to work extremely hard for the IDC and I have full confidence and faith in the players and officials” Sharma added.
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
   Lautoka vs Ba
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago
   Lautoka vs Navua
UroFiji (Liverpool) 7 years ago

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