Bring It On: Nadi

We are the defending champions and we want to complete the job-Ashwan Singh
02 Dec 2020 12:24
Bring It On: Nadi
Ezy Kool Nadi team that won, 4-1 against Navua at Subrail Park,Labasa, on November 26, 2020. Back from left: Avinesh Suwamy, William Valentine, Vereti Dickson, Ame Votoniu, Sakaraia Naisua. Middle: Ashneel Kumar, Beniamino Lebatavatava, Serevi Waqa. Front: Shivneel Pillay, Josua Tawake and Afraz Ali. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Like true champions, the Nadi football team will abide by the ruling of the Fiji Football Association.

They are willing to defend the Vodafone Fiji FACT this weekend in Labasa whether it will be played for 45 or 90 minutes.

The defending champions were leading Rewa 1-0 in the first semifinal on Saturday when the game was postponed to Sunday due to the unplayable condition of Subrail Park.

But the Fiji FA called off both semifinals on Sunday and rescheduled it to this weekend.

Nadi FA president Ashwan Singh  said nothing has been confirmed from Fiji FA on whether the game would resume from the second half or to be replayed.

“To be honest we want the game to resume in the second half,” he said.

“So it will be from the second half, another 45 minutes for Nadi. However, we will abide by the decision made by Fiji FA. We will comply and hope they make the right decision whether it’s 45 or 90 minutes. We are the defending champions and we want to complete the job.”

He added the team would depart either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

“We will take the same 18 member team that was submitted to Fiji FA before the tournament. We are optimistic about another good showdown with Rewa and the final on Sunday. “ The second semifinal is between  Suva and Labasa.


Talks with OFC

Meanwhile, Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said there was still no confirmation on whether the semifinal clash between Rewa and Nadi would restart or resume.

Yusuf added the Fiji FA is liaising with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) regarding the Nadi-Rewa game.

“Nothing confirmed yet, we are still in discussion with OFC,” he said.

“But the games will be held at Subrail Park.

“All expenses will be paid by Fiji FA, regarding the teams travelling back for the semis.”

The Rewa FA has written to Fiji FA stating their reasoning on why the game should restart.


Ticket Holders

“There is no change in the venue and all speculations on the social media regarding the change in venue is not true,” Yusuf said.

“Semifinals and final will still be played at Subrail Park and the schedules will be announced later in the week.

“All tickets holders for day five and six can use the same tickets to watch these matches, however all fans who are claiming for refund will get their money back.

“Fans in western division can get their refunds from Makanjees Shops, southern fans can come to Fiji FA headquarters in Suva and likewise northern fans can get it done at Labasa Town Council.”



Meanwhile, the Vodafone Futsal Inter-District Championship will go ahead starting tomorrow and finishing on Sunday at the FMF Gymnasium.

Edited by Osea Bola





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