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Worrying signs for Fiji Football

 MAIKA BOLATIKI Deputy Editor/News Night of Glory Our national sevens team last night brought glory to the nation, playing powerful sevens the way we do best. Some questioned this team
15 Oct 2012 08:20

 MAIKA BOLATIKI
Deputy Editor/News

Night of Glory
Our national sevens team last night brought glory to the nation, playing powerful sevens the way we do best.
Some questioned this team before the tournament.
Acting coach Timoci Wainiqolo and his men answered the best way possible. On the field.
It brought back memories of the days when Mr Wainiqolo was a player in one of our greatest sevens eras.
Well done our sevens heroes.

Night of shame
Last night’s abandonment of the interdistrict soccer tournament final in Ba brings shame on all responsible.
The big question now is will Fiji Football Association be strong enough to do the right thing? That is penalise those responsible and award the game to Suva.
A big question is also why this was not done immediately last night while all the board of control members were in Ba?
They were there. They saw what happened.
Ba might have had their grievances.
But there is no way what happened can be tolerated. If it is anarchy, mob rule and plain poor sportsmanship will become the norm in our football.
Strong, decisive action is needed,
All eyes are now on Fiji Football Association.
Will they do the right thing and immediately award Suva the final? There is really no other way.

Worrying signs for Fiji Football
Anyone watching the interdistrict soccer at Ba on TV in recent days would have noticed the many empty seats. This interdistrict did not have the crowds seen at past IDCs.
Same thing happened with the Battle of the Giants earlier on in Lautoka.
Revenue from these tournaments is important for Fiji Football Association.
At the same time attendance has fallen in the National Football League, again hitting Fiji Football Association in the pocket. Poor crowds and the poor standard of play in some league games led to the sponsors urging changes.
They also linked the lack of constant high standard national league competition to the poor performance of the national team.
It’s time for some urgent rethinking. Especially by those districts who did not support the recommendation of Fiji Foothball Association officials to make changes.




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