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Ili fights on

September 25
12:00 2009

Written By : MACIU MALO. Ousted Flying Fijian Head Coach Ilivasi Tabua yesterday broke his silence saying he will not go anywhere until justice prevails with regards to the termination of his contact from the Fiji Rugby Union.
Whilst the Fiji Rugby Union had said Tabua’s case is closed, the former Wallaby flanker however said he would never give up the fight to clear his name. He is now waiting for Labour ministry mediation.
FRU vice-chairman and acting CEO Keni Dakuidreketi earlier stated that the Tabua case is now closed as the new coaching panel had been selected.
“There is no point in discussing Tabua’s case further. It is a closed case as far as the FRU is concerned,” said Dakuidreketi.
“The Board does not condone the kind of behaviour and it should not be condoned by anyone. It will not be allowed in any professional rugby set-up and it shouldn’t be allowed here.” But in his pursuit of a fair hearing Tabua together with the FRU top brass would appear before the Ministry of Labour next Friday for mediation before any further action is to be taken which includes court proceedings.
Speaking to SunSports yesterday Tabua said he had received a letter from the Labour ministry confirming that his case against the FRU would be heard on Friday next week.
Tabua said he would never retreat in exhausting all avenues in the name of justice, transparency and good governance.
“I will not go anywhere, I will not go away,” said Tabua.
“I will never retreat, I will never give up as long justice prevails.
“FRU refused to hear my side of the story but instead they just terminate my contract without counseling me as stipulated in the FRU employment manual.
“The main issue here is the unfair dismissal and we need to get to the bottom of it because FRU has been preaching professionalism and integrity all the time which I think they are doing the very opposite of what they preached.”
Tabua has also slammed Dakuidreketi on his comments saying that he’s an expatriate coach.
“I don’t know what the fuss is all about, Tabua himself was an expatriate coach,” said Dakuidreketi when asked on Samu Domoni (the new coach)
“I’m not an expatriate coach as stated by Keni,” said Tabua.
“I’m a full blooded Fijian, my parents are both Fijians and I’m registered under the VKB (Vola ni Kawa Bula).
“What does Keni means by expatriate? I’m from Naloto, and I’m one of the ‘Dritabua’ and only those that knows the name Dritabua knows me,” the Naivicula native from Tailevu said.
Tabua reiterated that he would never give up until justice triumphs.

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