SPORTS

Start With A Bang

Rain fails to stop Vodafone Premier League opening round. Transfer window opens today while Malaysia is cofirmed for September friendly        The 2018 Vodafone Premier League kicked off
15 Jan 2018 11:00
Start With A Bang
Nadi goalkeeper Vereti Dickson (20) defends as Ba mount their attack during the Vodafone Premier League opener at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on January 14, 2018. Nadi won 3-1. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Rain fails to stop Vodafone Premier League opening round. Transfer window opens today while Malaysia is cofirmed for September friendly       

The 2018 Vodafone Premier League kicked off with a bang with Suva, Nadi and Lautoka recording wins yesterday.

At Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, Suva beat Rewa 3-2, Nadi shocked Ba 3-1 at Prince Charles Park while defending champions Lautoka found their winning form with a 5-1 drubbing of Tavua.

Despite the wet and rainy weather conditions, Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf commended the effort of the teams.

“The league must go on and I’m impressed with the performance of the teams,” he said.

“We did not cancel the games because the fans were there at the venues and the teams were ready.”

Yusuf said the referees had consulted the teams and saw the ground was in a playable condition.

“Referees have the final call and they saw that the ground was okay to play as two matches started on schedule while the Lautoka and Tavua match was delayed for half an hour.”

TRANSFER WINDOW TODAY

Fiji FA is expecting an influx of transfer requests of players which opens today.

“The transfer window opens today and this is time for the teams to apply for players transfer from their current teams.

“The transfer window is for 16 days and we urge all teams to apply for the players release on a proper manner,” Yusuf said. “We have changed our system as well as from now players need to have their transfer requests certified by a Justice of Peace (JP) as well to ensure that they are not been forced or otherwise.

“Before district teams submit the transfer of players and later the transfer don’t take place as players change their mind and didn’t agree to the transfer, but now districts and players need to have JP’s endorsement as well.”

MALAYSIA CONFIRMED

The Vodafone Fijian football team are to play Malaysia in an international friendly in September.

Yusuf said they are happy to secure the match.

“We’re also looking at playing in the March international friendly window and we’re working on securing our opponents.”

Fiji FA has also been negotiating with India for a possible match here sometime this year.


GOAL SCORERS

2- Napolioni Qasevakatini (Nadi), Christopher Wasasala (Lautoka);

1- Setareki Hughes (Suva), Bruce Hughes (Suva), Kaliova Tivulu (Suva), Jonetani Buksh (Rewa), Tevita Waranivalu (Rewa), Ame Votoniu (Nadi), Samuela Nabenia (Ba), Praneel Naidu (Lautoka), Siotame Kubu (Lautoka), Samuela Drudru (Lautoka), Manasa Drua (Tavua)   

WEEK 2 FIXTURES

Friday, January 19, Churchill Park, Lautoka, 7.30pm Lautoka v Ba; Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, 5.30pm Rewa v Dreketi, 7.30pm Suva v Labasa.
Sunday, January 21, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, 1pm Suva v Dreketi, 3pm Rewa v Labasa

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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