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Futsal League Starts In Lautoka

Futsal League Starts In Lautoka
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel (far right) hands over the jersey to a Lautoka official at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 30,2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
August 31
15:04 2018

The Vodafone Western Futsal League was launched at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday.

It will be the first ever fives competition to be organized in the sugar city.

During the launching, president of Fiji Football Association Rajesh Patel said implementing futsal competitions at the district level was important as it would un­deniably lead to the fostering of a strong national side.

“Futsal needs to be a very competitive sport and we really need a strong national team,” he said.

He said players from only certain clubs had been selected for the national side.

“Now we can select the players from each district and that way, we can select a strong national team,” he said.

“We have got talents all over the country, and to tap that talent, we should ensure that futsal is happening at several districts.

Patel also said that a lot of kids and high school students would also get the opportu­nity to participate in the sport.

He said that the flexibility of the sport would provide parents and students with opportunity to be a part of it.

“We are paying for the uniforms of the teams to make sure that the districts do not encounter major hardships,” he said.

He said that a lot plans had already been made in terms of developing proper facili­ties.

“A.D Patel in Ba has offered us to make the tennis court into a Futsal area. We are look­ing into that,” he said.

Patel also said that major plans for devel­opment in the north were also being made.

The competitions will kick off on Satur­day next week at multipurpose court in Lautoka.

Edited by Osea Bola



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