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Some Signings Yet to Show Up

The heat is on in Fiji Football Associa­tion’s January Transfer Window as it enters its final 12 days. Districts have used all available tools to get one over on their
19 Jan 2019 11:00
Some Signings Yet to Show Up
Labasa’s former Suva defender Jale Dreloa

The heat is on in Fiji Football Associa­tion’s January Transfer Window as it enters its final 12 days.

Districts have used all available tools to get one over on their rivals in this window, including player suspensions, up-front pay­ments and more.

There has also been a considerable amount of angry jostling and negotiation between team officials, the full extent of which will surely manifest in matches this season.

Today’s news again comes from the West­ern Division, while Southern giants Rewa have also made a few enquiries.

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

BA SIGNINGS YET TO SHOW UP

The westerners had supposedly secured the signatures of Suva’s Laisenia Raura, Lautoka’s Mohammed Shazil, Nadi’s Wil­liam Valentine and Tavua’s Kaliova Dau.

Of the four, only Shazil has been regu­larly training with the team at the Xavier College grounds ahead of their Vodafone Premier League encounter against Nasinu tomorrow. Dau returned on Thursday from Under-23 national team commitments.

Raura’s situation has been complicated by a suspension issued by his current district Suva for allegedly missing training.

He cannot leave until a disciplinary board has heard his case.

It is unclear what the situation with Val­entine is.

Sources say Nadi officials have persuaded the midfielder to stay with them for one more season.

JALE DRELOA: Labasa to Rewa

The former Fiji Under-20 captain is look­ing to don the red jersey this season, and the Rewa officials are keen on the transfer.

Dreloa struggled to get game time with Labasa last season and did not make the squad to October’s Inter-district Champi­onship.

The Rewa officials feel interim coach Ni­gel Khan can help the tough defender re-discover his old form.

They want to give Dreloa a chance to earn his place in the team.

Labasa have been linked with Rewa de­fender Peniame Drova, but it is premature to say a swap deal will take place.

Drova is more important to Rewa than Dreloa is to Labasa.

Tavua goalkeeper Jovilisi Borisi is also a favourite to join Rewa this season.

RUBEN DEPARTS SUVA

Suva’s Ni Vanuatu midfielder Jacky Ru­ben has returned to his country of birth to play for Erakor Golden Star in next month’s OFC Champions League.

The Golden Star are in the same pool with Ba and will host all its matches at Korman Stadium, Port Vila.

O-League football can be a major factor in attracting the best players.

-Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj



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