Letters To The Editor, 17th, February, 2017

Setareki Hughes’ suspension Avinesh Sen, Makoi I was falling asleep while watching the evening news on TV when all of a sudden the news about the suspension of Suva soccer
17 Feb 2017 11:10
Letters To The Editor, 17th, February, 2017
Letter To The Editor

Setareki Hughes’ suspension

Avinesh Sen,


I was falling asleep while watching the evening news on TV when all of a sudden the news about the suspension of Suva soccer player, Setareki Hughes, came up.

For those who were not see this piece of comedy, it goes like this.

Rewa Football Association complained to Fiji Football Association that the above mentioned Suva player should be suspended because the player had agreed to play for Rewa in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), League.

Because of that, Rewa Football had gone ahead to register Setareki Hughes in their squad and consequently made some monetary expenses for his travel documents and other needs.

The man himself, the Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel,  then came into the picture to announce that he is now suspending this extraordinary player from all levels of soccer.

Should it not be otherwise, where Rewa Soccer should be in the hot soup for misleading OFC in trying to nominate a player in their squad, who legally is registered with another district?

Mr President, in case you are not aware, a player is only eligible to join another district once his current district releases him officially. You and I both know that this was not the case here.

Even if a player made a mistake by accepting a lure (that was offered illegally), it is ethically wrong to take such action.

Setareki Hughes is at the peak of his  soccer career and he has every right to negotiate a winning deal for himself.

Mr Patel could tell us more if he has a better deal for such talented players. Actually there’s nothing you can offer Mr Patel.

Is this the season of Jokers? It well could be, called the Trump season.


Traffic queues

Samuela Rareba,


Traffic queues every morning are inevitable. Coming from Nausori to Suva could be a hassle, keeping in mind the vast number of vehicles we have now on the road.

But kudos to all the Police officers controlling the traffic every morning and ensuring that there is a smooth flow.

Just a suggestion, if it’s possible to also arrange officers to control the traffic in the afternoon after work especially at the traffic lights in 3miles and also in Kinoya as it usually creates a long queue because of the lights.

Family time is shorten because of this, mostly for those going from the Suva-Nausori corridor as they are usually stuck in the queues every afternoon.


Village by-laws

Tukai Lagonilakeba,


I am compelled to write and thank our village by-laws team who are pro-actively travelling around our villages and provinces to hear and discuss directly from those who will be affected by it.

Perhaps they might want to go further and educate the public throughout our country via our vernacular iTaukei, Hindu and the English stations, news medias as our villagers are also frequented by everyone else, including our dear tourists or visitors.

The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association with our national airline Fiji Airways might want to start the process of educational awareness with our main tourist operators and collaborate with the team from the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, so the necessary pamphlets or booklets could be printed for the sake of other visitors to our shores once it becomes law.

My hope is that the by-laws can lessen the number of rapes and the unnecessary and illegal dumping of rubbish throughout the country.


7s rugby

Samuela Kailawadoko,


Quite clearly the strength in the past Fijian rugby 7s team was in the forwards.

They played well together and brought off some extraordinary ball retention straight from kick-offs, line-outs, stand-in-committing two or three players from the opposition and some extraordinary offloads.

So it needs little imagination and clarity to recreate that policy of playing imaginative rugby.

The “Fiji 7s  rugby style is now a description of a type of sevens rugby in its own right.

It is the consequence of many happenings in the sevens rugby world.

The success of Fijian rugby 7s, innovation will take some time to rub off on the game as a whole. In fact, our 7s must take things a stage further and lets give Gareth Baber time.

In the meanwhile, I can picture too, the dignified figure of the First Light Taveuni captain, Lemeki Tulele making his debut in the IRB sevens circuit.

The combine efforts of those senior players and the delightful confidence and experience of his rugby playing should make him a star in the not-too-distant future.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj


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