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KOSSA retain national futsal title

National futsal team forward Micah Lea’alafa led the way for KOSSA with 4 goals destroying Brisolona’s hopes of winning their first national trophy. The grand final was an entertaining match as both sides threw in all their resources to get the win.
The winning coach, Tony Wale, says that his team has worked hard and kept their focus throughout the championship.
“It was hard work, togetherness and our ability to enjoy the game no matter what the pressure is that won us the grand final today. Any team that wins through hard work deserves their reward,” Wale says.
Coach of Brisolona, Victor Waiia, conceded that his team was beaten by a better side but praised his players for their performance in the final.
“KOSSA is a great side with very fast players and they have used this well against us. I congratulate them for their success. At the same time I also wish to congratulate my players for taking this team this far. Last year we exited in the group stage but this year we are in the grand final so it is an important step up for us,” Waiia says.
A good crowd turned up to witness the grand final match and action on the field surpassed all expectations. Even the slight drizzle that started with the game did not bother the fans of both sides as they kept their eyes glued on the players on the court.
Within moments of the kickoff KOSSA took the lead through Ramo who capitalised on the Brisolona defenders slowness to settle down with low shot past them and into the net. Brisolona, however, quickly drew level through Elliot Ragomo who found a way past Silas Seda from a tight angle. McPhillip Aisa then gave Brisolona the lead with a quickly struck shot after a strong pass from Robert Laua. But KOSSA was not done and they added 2 more goals through Lea’alafa to take the lead at halftime.
KOSSA drew first blood in the second half with national defender, Coleman Makau, going in for the kill after a ball was left loose in the Brisolona goal area. Ragomo ensured that Brisolona remained in contention with another powerful strike from distance to take the scores to 4 – 3. Aisa then levelled for his team with an acrobatic kick that would be remembered as the goal of the season.
The status quo could not be overcome at full time and the match was forced into extra-time. Unfortunately for Brisolona fans, extra-time was a one-sided affair as KOSSA pumped in 3 more goals to run away with the win. Ramo got his second before Lea’alafa completed his hat trick with a clever cut-back that saw Phillip Houtarau run the ball into his own net. Before the referee could end the game Lea’alafa added the final goal of the afternoon to take the game out of reach for Brisolona.
It was a top class performance from KOSSA who kept their composure despite the intensity of the game. Brisolona did mount a challenge but they will be unhappy about how they did not play to their full potential and will be looking for revenge when they meet KOSSA in the future.
The awards ceremony followed the end of the final with the winning teams and players receiving the prizes for their achievement.
1. Overall awards
Winners – KOSSA: 1 trophy, 16 gold medals plus $12 000
Second – Brisolona: 16 silver medals plus $10 000
Third – Marist: 16 bronze medals pus $8000
Fourth – Koloale: $4000
2. Special awards
Fair Play Award: Makira Ulawa
Golden Boot Award: Dickson Ramo of KOSSA
Player of the Tournament Award: Gabriel Bosi of Marist
Golden Glove Award: Paul Huia of Brisolona

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