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FNRL Boss Tells Of Mission

FNRL Boss Tells Of Mission
From left: Kangaroos Coach Tim Sheens Fiji National Rugby League chairman Rev. Immanuel Reuben with the State of Origin shield and West Tigers player Kevin Naiqama at Ratu Sukuna Park. Photo: Ronald Kumar
November 27
12:33 2014

Fiji National Rugby League chairman Reverend Dr Immanuel Reuben is not going to seek a re-election once his term expires. Speaking from Labasa yesterday, Rev Reuben said he has a lot of church work to do and it is taking up most of his time.

“I will hold on to the position up to the next annual general meeting in March next year,” he said.

“I will wait for all our accounts to be audited and tabled at the AGM before I leave FNRL on a clean slate. That’s my mission.”

Rev Reuben has been an FNRL board of director since 2012 before he was appointed to the position of chairmanship, early this year.

“For the past months we’ve paid off $124,721 of debts and right now we’ve only $12,421.40 to settle with the Fiji National Provident Fund. This FNPF amount had been outstanding before I took over as chairman but we’ve reduced it. When I leave next year, I want all debts paid off and for the next board to work on a clean sheet altogether.”

Rev Reuben said apart from the Vodafone sponsorship, FNRL has only one revenue source, which is from Tappoos.

“There were times we had to make tough decisions. The clubs are quick to criticise but they have got to realise that they cannot be spoon fed all the time. They’ve got to do things for themselves and not rely on FNRL all the time,” he added.

Meanwhile, representatives of the 13 disgruntled clubs are going to meet the FNRL board of directors tonight. The clubs are calling on the parent body to call an urgent special general meeting within 14 days.




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