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Lions’ fans question management

Written By : AJESH RAJ. Outraged fans of the Vodafone Labasa team are questioning the team management for allowing the alleged players to participate in the final of the Fiji
03 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : AJESH RAJ. Outraged fans of the Vodafone Labasa team are questioning the team management for allowing the alleged players to participate in the final of the Fiji Bitter FACT on Sunday.
Arvin Lal, 25 originally from Savusavu now living in Newtown outside Suva said Labasa officials should not allow the three implicated players to ever play for Labasa again.
“I spent a month’s salary to go and support the team despite finding it difficult to make ends meet. I’m disappointed that wealthy people do not have any regard for the emotions of us poor people. They are using their wealth to influence our players,” Lal said.
“Those involved should be taken to task but the chances of a fair investigation are minimal. Officials should not continue to deny the claims because the beans were spilled by a drunken Navua official in the beer parlour.’’
Nilesh Lal, 24 originally from Labasa who now resides in Tamavua said, skipper Pita Bolaitoga’s under par performance was glaringly obvious in the final and the deliberate moves by Pita to squander opportunities was obvious.
Lal also took a swipe at the tournament’s leading goal scorer Maciu Dunadamu.
“Maciu’s poor performance was so obvious because he is notoriously known for missing golden opportunities and no one ever expects much from a low performer like him. Maciu scores one goal after missing nine scoring opportunities. He rose to prominence because he had a striking partner like Roy Krishna who created the goal scoring opportunities for him.”
“Such players should be proud that they are playing for a team like Labasa which has given them fame and prominence.’’
“I had a lot of respect for Pita Bolaitoga and never expected him to engage in such a despicable act,’’ he said.
Lal commended the tireless efforts of players like Taniela Waqa, Apisalome Turuva, Sandeep Nair, Dinesh Mudaliar, Nemani Rasiga, Samuela Kautoga and Henry Dyer.
“The efforts of these loyal players went to waste because of the treachery of their team mates.’’ He said.
Meanwhile Fiji FA has warned Labasa officials to produce evidence on the match fixing allegations or face disciplinary action for bringing disrepute to the game.



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