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BOG shift to Nausori

Written By : AMIT RAJ. The idea to host the 2008 Battle of the Giants tournament in Suva is being reconsidered because of high costs involved in hiring the National
30 May 2008 12:00

Written By : AMIT RAJ. The idea to host the 2008 Battle of the Giants tournament in Suva is being reconsidered because of high costs involved in hiring the National Stadium.
Fiji FA vice-president Faiaz Ali said Nausori was being looked at as a possible new venue for the second major tournament of the local football calendar.
“We are still negotiating with the Fiji Sports Council so nothing is confirmed yet but we have also talked to Nausori Town Council to improve the lighting there,” Ali said.
He said after assessments it was determined that more floodlights are needed at the Vodafone Ratu Cakobau Park.
“We are looking at Nausori and we’ve asked the town council if they can do it. The lights they have now is okay but more are needed to properly lighten up the pitch.”
The veteran administrator said Fiji FA was pleased with the turnout on Thursday, day one.

“9000 fans walked through the gates and for the embankment we had to start selling day two tickets because tickets for day one had been sold out.”
He said yesterday morning orders were given for more embankment tickets to be printed.
“It should not be a problem. We have made arrangements. We’re expecting another record crowd for day two especially during the Lautoka, Ba game.”
Ali picked Rewa’s Lorima Dau and veteran Lautoka goalie Isikeli Seva as the outstanding players of day one.
“Dau was outstanding against Ba. He was playing as sweeper but kept pushing up trying to help the midfield. I think Rewa was really unfortunate to lose the game.”
“Seva was excellent against Suva. He is the strength of Lautoka team and played with experience.”
Another highlight of day one was Suva team’s request to change match referee Leone Rakoroi prior to the game.
“Suva made the request and it was declined after a meeting. The referee’s chairman Chandra Segran personally spoke to Leone. We have mentioned earlier that there is zero tolerance and there can be no laxity of the parts of the match officials,” said the former Rewa president.



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