Football

Solomon Players In To Create Depth

Four Solomon Islands football players have been released to play here this season. Langa United FC have confirmed that players Allen Peter, Atkin Kaua and Jared Rongosulia are heading to
03 Feb 2021 14:49
Solomon Players In To Create Depth
Benjamin Totori.

Four Solomon Islands football players have been released to play here this season.

Langa United FC have confirmed that players Allen Peter, Atkin Kaua and Jared Rongosulia are heading to Fiji along with veteran FC Isabel striker, Benjamin Totori.

Peter and Kaua are joining  Rewa while Rongosulia and Totori are in the Lautoka squad.

Kaua, Rongosulia and Marlon Tahioa played for Nasinu last year. Tahioa has joined Labasa, this season.

The players transfer window had closed on January 31.

Lautoka FC president, Abdul Rafiq, has confirmed that they applied for the two players.

However, procedures to get them to Fiji may take a while.

“Fiji FA has confirmed that have received their ITC  (International Transfer Certificate), it is the most important thing. Once it is received from their club, we can confirm that they can play for Lautoka,” he said.

“But we have to work on their work permit and other things.

“And also this COVID-19, and flight to Fiji and quarantine, we are on the process of doing those things.

“These things will take about three to four weeks.

“They are seasoned players, they have experience. We are lacking strikers, we cannot bring under-19 and play in the premier level.”

Despite having development players, the signing of the duo was important and would e of huge impact on their side.

Some under-19 players in the team are Aporosa Yada, Raj Pillay and Nicky Pillay.

“For super premier, we are trying to build a strong tem, a winning team.

“Under -19 will come to the team but they are not 90-minute players.

“These development players will learn from it, they will go as replacement s and developed their skills playing along such experienced players.

“Other districts are also getting players from Solomons,” Rafiq added.

Suva goalkeeper, Beniamino Mateinaqara, is understood to have joined Lautoka, who will be under the watch of their coach, Tagi Vonolagi.

“Beniamino’s family lives in Lautoka, so he wanted to play for Lautoka to be with his family.

“The decision by Ben was his own, so we respected his decision, so he came back.

“And for Tagi, he was coach for Nasinu, it is a challenge for him to be coaching such experienced players,” Rafiq said.

“He is doing good currently, we are all supporting him.

“With his experience of Fiji’s goalkeeper and captain of national team, he will be able to manage our team.”

Meanwhile, Rewa FC president, Nazeel Buksh, shared similar sentiments with the signing of Peter and Kaua.

Rewa retained most of his squad from last year like the Hughes brothers – Setareki and Bruce, Anish Khem,

“We have a pool of players but signing these players will strengthen our team,” Buksh said.

“We need more depth because this super premier league. This is to help with our structure.

“For this year, we are looking at the O-league, retain the Battle of the Giants cup and also work on winning other two silverwares.”

Former Rewa reps, Mohammed Ramzan Khan and Waisake Navunigasau are the only reps that have been released to join Suva, while Gabiriele Matanisiga has returned to join Rewa after an initial agreement to join the capital side.

Feedback:  sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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