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Navua hosts Rewa at Nausori

By MAIKELI SERU The Fiji Football Association has shifted Sunday’s Navua versus Rewa match in this weekend’s Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League to Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Fiji FA
17 Jan 2014 08:07
Tuvaluan children will be able to pursue their soccer dreams if FIFA grants affiliation. Photo: TUVALU FOOTBALL

Tuvaluan children will be able to pursue their soccer dreams if FIFA grants affiliation. Photo: TUVALU FOOTBALL

By MAIKELI SERU

The Fiji Football Association has shifted Sunday’s Navua versus Rewa match in this weekend’s Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League to Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.
Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar confirmed that the match has been shifted from Thomson Park to Nausori.
“We had the inspection on Wednesday and found that Thomson Park was not in good condition. That is why we had shifted it to Ratu Cakobau Park. It is Navua’s game, but they are hosting Rewa at Ratu Cakobau Park.
“Ratu Cakobau Park is in top condition since its upgrade. We are also having the 2014 Fiji FACT there and are talking to Nausori Town Council on availability for the year.”

This week’s league:
Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna national Football League fixtures:
Saturday, Jan 18: 3.30pm: ANZ Stadium – official opening, 4pm: Suva vs Labasa.
Sunday, Jan 19: Ratu Cakobau Park: 1pm: Navua Youth vs Rewa Youth, 3pm: Navua vs Rewa.
Lawaqa Park: 1pm: Nadroga Youth vs Lautoka Youth, 3pm: Nadroga vs Lautoka.

Fiji FA wants
to help Tuvalu
Kumar, meanwhile, said Fiji FA had offered to help Tuvalu get affiliation to FIFA – the governing body for the sport.
Tuvalu has been fighting for years to be officially accepted into the sport.
“We belong to the Oceania family and we are willing to help where we can to get Tuvalu registered,” Kumar said.
“There are limitations but we have offered our assistance and call on other Pacific islands to support Tuvalu.”
Kumar is featured in a documentary film called Mission Tuvalu, which featured the plight of the tiny nation.
Players there train on the airstrip of Tuvalu Airport in Funafuti and their national team was in Fiji late last year for friendly matches after months of training in Holland.
“If there are requirements in which we can help Tuvalu, like providing match venues or training facilities, we are able to help them. We are happy to see that our membership grows,” Kumar said in the film.
He said Tuvalu could play their home matches temporarily in Fiji.
A Dutchman called Paul Driessen is helping Tuvalu to become FIFA member.
“I think it’s a great mission helping Tuvalu to come on board. They have been knocking the door for a number of years. Paul is now trying to push it true. It’s a very good mission. Everybody in Oceania should support them to come on board.”
Mission Tuvalu was shot last February and March in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Fiji and Tuvalu and was recently broadcasted on Dutch TV.
The makers of the documentary are in contact with World Oceania International Film Festival in Suva to submit the movie for this year’s festival.




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