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Rules Grant RFMF A Win

The Republic Fiji Military Forces (RFMF),  soccer team retained their trophy after drawing 0-0 with the Fiji Police Force in the 2014 Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge at Buckhurst Park, yesterday.
01 Nov 2014 13:34
Rules Grant RFMF A Win
Simione Tamanisau (right) of Police clears the ball against Army at Buckhurst Park in Suva yesterday. Photo: Rama

The Republic Fiji Military Forces (RFMF),  soccer team retained their trophy after drawing 0-0 with the Fiji Police Force in the 2014 Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge at Buckhurst Park, yesterday.

Under the rule of the game, if the teams come to a draw, there will not be any extra time played but instead the title of winner is awarded to the team who is the defending the champions.

RFMF lost six years in a row to Police before finally making a comeback last year and again yesterday and no one could be any more proud of them but their coach Riyaz Ali.

“Right it now, it is the best feeling in the world to have retained the trophy, the RFMF team approached me to guide them and it was an honor for me,” Ali said.

Ali, who has coached the side for three weeks, said he has never come across such a well groomed bunch of boys.

“I am really proud of the boys and happy for them,” he said.

“They are the most disciplined boys I have ever met, I guess being army officers they are well disciplined and organized and it makes my job very easy to coach but they are full of determination and dedication.

Meanwhile, former Rewa and Rewa youth coach and current Fiji Police Force coach Kamlesh Chand requested for the next hosting committee of the Ratu Sukuna Bowl to think about changing the rules of the game.

“Last year we lost the title and we wanted to bring the glory back but unfortunately it wasn’t our time. We are supposed to play 45 minutes a side, 90 minutes game because that is the normal soccer we play,” Chand said.

“But the problem is, they have been following the past rules and they didn’t want to play extra time. I will request whatever the decisions will be for the next year, they should make soccer 45 minutes a side so that the improvement of the game is achieved.

“The rules need to be changed because if this continues, there will not be any clear cut winner, and no one would want to defend the title, they would just continuously go for the draw.”

justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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