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Rewa Targets Staying Put

The 2019 Vodafone Premier League sea­son starts on Sunday but has brought little excitement compared to the drama seen in Fiji Football Association’s January Transfer Window. Player movements are occurring
18 Jan 2019 11:00
Rewa Targets Staying Put
Rewa defender Peniame Drova (right) in action for Fiji.

The 2019 Vodafone Premier League sea­son starts on Sunday but has brought little excitement compared to the drama seen in Fiji Football Association’s January Transfer Window.

Player movements are occurring at a rapid rate, and with 13 days until the window closes, there is little to suggest transfer activity will slow down any time soon.

Suva and Rewa again take centre stage in the news today.

The Delta Tigers are working hard to build a strong team for the new season, while Suva, with some success, has been battling to retain some of their key players.

Minnows Nasinu and Tavua are yet to bring in players, although the latter has lost Kaliova Dau to Ba.

Smaller teams normally conduct little to no transfer activity, given their limited financial resources and low chances of winning a tro­phy.

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

REWA STOP CHASING SUVA 3

Bruce Hughes, Madhwan Gounder, Simione Tamanisau and Tevita Waranivalu were firm­ly on Rewa’s radar when the transfer window opened this month.

All have played for Rewa in the past and looked likely to join them again this season.

However, Hughes is the only one likely to make the short trip down to the Capital City.

It is rumoured that issues surrounding Gounder, Tamanisau and Waranivalu’s em­ployment with the Fiji Police Force have forced Rewa to stop their pursuit.

MATANASIGA BACK IN TRAINING

Suva, too, have suffered some transfer de­feats.Striker Gabrieli Matanasiga, who Suva wanted to bring in as a partner to Anare Ap­enisa, trained on Wednesday with Rewa.

A source close to the matter said Matanasiga reported straight to training after returning from a holiday.

LABASA TARGET TOUGH DEFENDER

Rewa’s reliable defender Peniame Drova has emerged as a top target for Johan Leewai’s La­basa side.

The Northerners have been active in the new window, targeting Suva’s Antonio Tuivuna and Napolioni Qasevakatini, and Rewa’s Am­ani Makoe.

The Labasa FA executives believe another defender is needed in the new season, and the experienced Drova might just fit the bill.

Qasevakatini and Tuivuna’s situation have been complicated by a suspension from Suva, but Labasa should eventually be able to secure their signatures.

That’s four good players added to an already well-equipped squad.

Labasa will be a top team again this season.

QASEVAKATINI CLOSES IN ON DEAL

News that Suva is close to signing striker Christopher Wasasala from Labasa will come as a relief to Qasevakatini.

The Suva target man has been seeking a move in the opposite direction and Wasasala’s arrival all but confirms his departure.

A successful transfer will depend on the sus­pension currently placed on Qasevakatini– and some others – for allegedly missing train­ing.

Some critics say it will be ill-advised for Suva to hold back a player who is bent on leaving.

NASINU GO FOR YOUNG GUNS

The Nasinu football side are looking ahead to the new season and have put their poor perfor­mance in last October’s Inter-district Champi­onship behind them.

They are hoping to secure the services of Under-23 duo Semi Matalau and Sekove Nai­vakananumi before their Vodafone Premier League opener against Ba at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori this Sunday.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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