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FIFA rules tight on five

Written By : MOIZ MUNIF . Players eyeing contracts overseas will now find it hard after the new ruling made by Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). Fiji FA president,Dr
07 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : MOIZ MUNIF . Players eyeing contracts overseas will now find it hard after the new ruling made by Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).
Fiji FA president,Dr Moh’d Shamsudean Sahu Khan says five is the maximum number and also added that FIFA’s plan is to bring it to zero after 2011.
Players like Roy Krishna, Pita Rabo and Osea Vaketalesau could be victims of these new plans.
“By getting overseas players eventually the development of football in the country suffers and the national team is weakened.
“In England some clubs do not have local players and this was reflected in the performance at the World Cup. “Eventually after 2011 they are really going to wipe this out,” he said.
“You just don’t come and play for the sake of playing. I’m very pleased that Fiji FA set the pace for this some eight years ago and people criticised us. The maximum that you can now have is five,” Khan said.
“I tried to restrict overseas players coming to play for our districts. Twice of course my motion was defeated. Eventually we made the decision to have three players from overseas.”
On the other hand Australia has also given a thumps up to allow a Pacific franchise team to take part in their A League.
“Australia has agreed to have an island team in A- league, how this is going to function will be decided. I have put a proposal that we should have in the A league the winner of the O league. It will be difficult to have Oceania team,” Khan said.
Former senior vice-president for Fiji Football Mohammed Yusuf has been awarded with a FIFA Order of Merit.
“This is the highest order and recognition in international football that one can get,” Khan said.
“We had nominated him and only seven individuals around the world were awarded this year,” he said.



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