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Vodafone Premier League Restarts April 2

This was confirmed after yesterday’s Fiji Football Association Board meeting held at the Fiji FA headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva. However, fixtures will be released tomorrow with a few amendments done
21 Mar 2016 12:27
Vodafone Premier League Restarts April 2
Fiji FA vice-president and National League Board chairman Yogeshwar Singh.

This was confirmed after yesterday’s Fiji Football Association Board meeting held at the Fiji FA headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva.

However, fixtures will be released tomorrow with a few amendments done to cater for Ba who had been badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Fiji FA vice-president and National League Board chairman Yogeshwar Singh said the competition is already four weeks behind schedule but he was confident that it would pick up from next week.

“I’m pleased to say that out of all the districts only Nadi and Nasinu did not turn up to the meeting,” Singh said.

“Everything went really well, the districts are happy and had agreed to play and help out where possible. What we are trying to focus on is development and the only way we can do that if we start from the bottom and work our way to the top.”

He indicated that the board members discussed at length about developing the game right to the grassroots.

 

DIRECTOR OF REFEREES

Singh indicated that Rakesh Varman is now the new director for referees.

“He will be taking charge and also make sure that our coaches are properly trained on the referees’ courses. A lot of districts do not have referees so we want to change that and educate and develop referees because they are crucial to the development of the sport.”

Also, Singh says, the Fiji FA Board has endorsed other changes like increasing the payment to referees.

“Referee payments have also increased in the Premier League, they now get $200 per game but first they will be graded and be paid accordingly.

“For the Senior Division, we are having a Viti Levu League where the winners will go on to play teams in Vanua Levu in a national final.”

However, Singh after in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston, districts in the West have been requested to postpone their tournament.

“Overall I’m very pleased the districts have agreed and are happy about the outcome.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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