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2020 BOG: Nath Confirms Players, Coach Receive $1K Each

Team director Lawrence Nath said, “Our players and the coach will receive $1000 cash each as their efforts.”
21 Aug 2020 09:56
2020 BOG: Nath Confirms Players, Coach Receive $1K Each

2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants victors Rewa Football Association (RFA) hosted a thanksgiving dinner for their gladiators last night at Nausori.

Team director Lawrence Nath said, “Our players and the coach will receive $1000 cash each as their efforts.”

The function was for the RFA winning side to receive its share of the prize-money and gifts from sponsors.

The side walked away $17,000 richer on Sunday as that was the major prize purse; this was topped up by sponsors who felt that it was the right time to give rather than receive.

Rewa beat neighbours Suva 1-0 in the final.

Rewa’s Kavaia Rawaqa in control against Suva during the final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 16, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

Rewa’s Kavaia Rawaqa in control against Suva during the final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 16, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

Key to winning

Nath added the players were more important than the officials.

“We did not celebrate in a big way this time, but we will hold a much bigger celebration for the season later,” he said.

“We will hold on to our energy and will host a major one later this year alongside the various teams such as the women’s, mens, youth, and FUTSAL teams. We also want to value our youths as well since they are our future.”

Nath on behalf of the Rewa Football Association thanked the sponsors for coming on board during this trying time and also having faith and pride in the team.

Head coach Marika Rodu said before the semi-finals that 90 per cent of their players were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He had said sharing the money with families was the best civic thing to do; taking into consideration the tough times.

“The prize-money will be equally divided. We had the plan to prepare for this,” Rodu said.

“We knew that winning the B.O.G would be a bonus because everyone had suffered during the COVID-19. Most of the players were really affected.

Rewa’s Bruce Hughes is beaten by Kelvin Naidu of Suva during the final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 16, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

Rewa’s Bruce Hughes is beaten by Kelvin Naidu of Suva during the final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on
August 16, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

“This is a good bonus for them to take back to their families to catch up on their financial needs.

“Winning the BOG title is nothing new for Rodu as he has also has a stint of victories as a Rewa player.

“The former national rep is now the national women’s team coach,” he said.

Feedback: waisea.nasokia@fijisun.com.fj



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