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Zahid Rejects Lautoka

There has been no shortage of drama in Fiji Football Association’s Janu­ary Transfer Window, and it con­tinues today with more big news from the Western Division. Rewa and Suva have
13 Jan 2019 10:20
Zahid Rejects Lautoka
Ba forward Abbu Zahid (front) with former Ba striker Samuela Nabenia (now with Lautoka).

There has been no shortage of drama in Fiji Football Association’s Janu­ary Transfer Window, and it con­tinues today with more big news from the Western Division.

Rewa and Suva have been the most ac­tive, while Fiji’s representatives to the OFC Champions League, Ba and Lautoka, have done some business too.

But today’s biggest news comes from a transfer tussle between neighbours Ba and Lautoka, while the Blues are also close to completing an international signing.

In this column, SUNsports looks at all the latest news and gossip on player move­ments around the country.

ABBU ZAHID Rejects Lautoka?

Sources tell SUNsports the plucky for­ward, who was days away from joining Lautoka’s experienced squad, is back training at Govind Park.

Zahid allegedly told the source he did not like the training conditions in Lautoka and decided to return.

However, question marks over whether Zahid would get game-time at Lautoka may have influenced his decision.

Kamal Swamy’s Blues side have an abun­dance of attacking talent, including Solo­mon islander Benjamin Totori, Dave Rad­rigai, Samuela Drudru, Samuela Nabenia and Sairusi Nalaubu.

Although the 27-year-old’s place in Ba’s starting 11 isn’t confirmed, Zahid proba­bly feels he has a better chance of playing under Ronil Kumar, a coach familiar with his style of play.

BONG KALO: Tafea FC to Latuoka

Lautoka’s executives are keeping an open mind about recruiting players that can strengthen their squad ahead of next month’s OFC Champions League.

Bong Kalo, Tafea Football Club’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder, is ready to join Lautoka on a permanent basis this season.

The Ni Vanuatu has played seven times for Tafea FC in the OFC Champions League since making his competition de­but in 2014.

The two-footed Kalo is known for his pace and incisive passing ability from the mid­field position.

Kalo’s addition will further improve the depth in the Lautoka squad.

He will likely partner with playmakers Totori and Radrigai, a prospect most de­fenders in the region will find worrying.

RAVINESH KARAN SINGH: Suva to Labasa

The raid at Suva Football Association continues three days after they announced the appointment of new head coach Intiaz Khan.

Labasa coach Johan Leewai is keen on striker Ravinesh Karan Singh joining Christopher Wasasala up front to bolster the team’s attack.

Singh has played for Labasa in the past and will have few problems adjusting to the team’s culture and Leewai’s style of coaching.

The Ba native isn’t the best striker in the country, but can be a reliable partner to target man Wasasala.

If completed, Singh will arrive with An­tonio Tuivuna, who is set to join Labasa from Suva this month. Labasa is building a strong squad.

More transfer news to follow tomorrow.

-Edited by Leone Cabenatuba

Feedback: sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj



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