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Biggest party ever: Anil

Written By : Wame Bautolu. Navua Football Association plans what will be the biggest celebration ever for its winning soccer team that scooped the 2008 Fiji Bitter FACT title over
03 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : Wame Bautolu. Navua Football Association plans what will be the biggest celebration ever for its winning soccer team that scooped the 2008 Fiji Bitter FACT title over the weekend.
Navua upset giants Labasa on Sunday 1-0 to win their second FACT title and the last time they won was in 2003 at the Vodafone Ratu Cakobau Park.
Navua FA boss Anil Sharma said the celebration to honour the victorious team led by Savusavu native Pene Erenio would be the biggest that the town or the country has ever seen.
“There will definitely be a celebration soon and we will decide later on which day to have it. We have created history and this is something that is worth celebrating,” Sharma said.
He said to add colour to the celebration, Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama would be invited as chief guest.
“He (Bainimarama) was our chief guest when we last won the tournament in 2003. He was still a military commander then and now after five years we would like him to be part of our celebration as the Prime Minister of our beloved country,” said Sharma.
The Navua team returned home yesterday afternoon and fans were given a chance to congratulate their heroes and also take photos with the trophy.
The Southern Forest Limited managing director said that his team had come a long way despite setbacks and criticisms.
Despite working hard to win the Fiji FACT title, Sharma said they were criticised for paying Labasa players for the win.
“Labasa officials are calling cheap shots at our team. We have struggled against all odds to win the tournament and for them to say we had paid certain players to win the final is an insult.”
“How can we buy the final? He asked.
“These comments won’t stop us from celebrating our win.”
Navua is the first team from the southern division to win the Fiji FACT title on western soil.
“This will make the celebrations much sweeter.’’
With the total prize money of $11,000 to be shared amongst the players, Sharma said the players would be sharing more than the prize-money.
“So far the team would share a total of over $30,000 but that amount is expected to increase by Friday because of all the sponsors who are willing to reward the team with their effort,” said Sharma.



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