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Patel Champions Transparency

  Three motions were passed during the Fiji Football Association annual general meeting (AGM) at Fiji FA headquarters in Vatuwaqa, yesterday. Fiji FA president, Rajesh Patel, said the hour-long meeting
06 Oct 2016 13:55
Patel Champions Transparency
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel addresses the delegates during the AGM in Suva yesterday. Photo: Justine Mannan

 

Three motions were passed during the Fiji Football Association annual general meeting (AGM) at Fiji FA headquarters in Vatuwaqa, yesterday.

Fiji FA president, Rajesh Patel, said the hour-long meeting was a success as they were transparent with their reports and as a result received positive feedbacks from district officials.

“They were very supportive,” Patel said.

“When you are transparent with reports that go to the districts there is hardly any question so that is what we are all about. We want to be very transparent so that all districts are well aware of what Fiji FA is doing.”

 

MOTIONS PASSED

Former Tailevu/Naitasiri football president Nardeo Mishra’s honourary membership has been revoked.

“The motion that was passed first was the rescinding of Nardeo Mishra’s honourary membership,” Patel said.

“The Fiji FA regulations are very clear, he has to serve directly into Fiji FA for 10 years or more and not through any member associations. The districts were all in favour of it and that motion was passed.

“We will also be filing a defamation suit against him regarding his outbursts on social media which we have been reported to the Cybercrime Unit.

“Personally we will be taking it on and our lawyers are working on it.”

 

Labasa Academy will now be known as Late Sheik Ibrahim Academy.

Ibrahim was a senior Fiji FA board member who passed away in August 2014 at the CWM Hospital after battling a kidney disease since 2011.

“The Labasa Academy motion was passed and it will be known as Late Sheik Ibrahim academy after services has rendered to Fiji FA for the last 30 years,” Patel said.

“This is something that we are very proud of; the project will start in 2017, it is being finalised with FIFA right now and the plans and everything are with our architects. The project will start soon.”

 

The presidency term will be limited to a three by four year term.

“The motion for the term of the president is not increasing, it’s limiting it,” Patel said.

“Basically it will be a limit of three by four year terms which is the maximum that a president can stay in his presidency.

“There were pros and cons on it and finally the districts decided what was tabled by Fiji FA Board of Control (BOC) and especially myself that a three by four year term should be the maximum and that has been passed so that another person can come in and no one is staying in that position for so long.”

 

MOTION NOT PASSED

Only one motion was defeated which was brought to the floor by Lautoka, regarding players who have moved to new teams through the transfer window and playing in the remainder of the Fiji Football tournament; namely the Vodafone Premier League.

“Lautoka put forward a motion that players who are transferred from the transfer window can play for the current season,” Patel said.

“We have rejected the motion because it contravenes with FIFA regulations of player transfers in one window and that is the reason we had to defeat the motion and all the districts were in favour of Fiji FA.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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