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‘Two Windows Confusing’

Following the Fiji Football Association  opening the second transfer window for players this year, some of the major associations have weighed in. Nadi Football president Navneeda Gounder said the Fiji
05 Sep 2014 11:01
‘Two Windows Confusing’
Permanent Secretary Lands and Mineral Development with the Minister of Lands and Mineral Resources, Jone Usamate

Following the Fiji Football Association  opening the second transfer window for players this year, some of the major associations have weighed in.

Nadi Football president Navneeda Gounder said the Fiji FA should only have one transfer window each season.

“I think the window should only be opened once a year,”Gounder said.

This is to allow the players to feature more for one district throughout the season as opposed to travelling between three districts which is what the two transfer windows allow.

“There’s one window in March and then another one in September and I just don’t think it’s good for the players and the districts in the long run. Keep the travelling between districts to a minimum by having only one district.

“As for our team, we are not considering bringing in any new players. We’re keeping our own crop of players and will pick from them. Amani Makoi will be leaving us as he moves to start his contract with top Vanuatu club Amicale FC so we’re losing one of our best players.

“He has represented Nadi well and we thank him for his contribution. However, he wished to move on and we have to respect his decision to leave and we wish him all the best for his future.”

Rewa FA president Nazeel Buksh echoed similar sentiments, stating that the window was confusing among.

“Opening the window doesn’t make sense because the competition is about to end and players won’t be able to feature in this season anyway so the Fiji FA should really have opened the window after the national closes and just before the IDC.

“Fiji FA needs to plan more efficiently because the current direction their taking seems very short-term without any thought or consideration whatsoever for the long-term.

“As for Rewa, we will not be bringing in any new players. We would actually like to retain our current crop and continue to pick from our team so we won’t be using the window and none of the players either have indicated any desire to transfer.”

Meanwhile, Labasa FA president also confirmed the Babasiga Lions would not be joined by any new players nor had any players indicated desire to transfer.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar had announced in a statement on Wednesday the official opening of the window on Monday and the conditions regarding the window.

“Applications should be made to the club/district associations and same must be registered with Fiji FA with an application fee of $25. It would be the player’s advantage if their applications are endorsed by the club/district association confirming application.

“Due to the prolonged Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National League, players seeking transfer will not be eligible to play for their new district. It is expected the League will be completed by September 21, therefore all transfers approved in the current window will be effective from September 22.”

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