Kossa FC equals Tafea in Port Vila as the O-League decider against Ba looms
The result means Tafea cannot progress through to the final but gives a lifeline to Fijian champions Ba who will play Kossa in a must win final group match this Saturday.
Tafea dominated possession and created the better chances in the match but were wasteful in front of goal.
Kossa took the lead in the 40th minute against the run of play when Solomon Island international James Naka glided past two defenders before slotting a left footed shot into the far corner of the Tafea net.
The goal silenced the 5000 strong crowd who knew nothing less than a win tonight would be good enough.
Tafea equalised in the 60th minute when Substitute Francois Sakama scored after Kossa failed to effectively clear the ball in their goal box. Sakama was in the right place at the right time to tuck the ball home and create an exciting final 30 minutes.
But Kossa held on and now sit in the driver’s seat in the group with five points and one game remaining.
Ba head into the final match with three points, two behind Kossa but will have the support of the local crowd at Govind Park behind them. Ba President Rishi Kumar was on his feet for the duration of the match and fisted the air in delight at the final whistle.