Lautoka takes charge at league points table

Members of the Lautoka team at a training session. Picture: FIJI FA MEDIA

Members of the Lautoka team at a training session. Picture: FIJI FA MEDIA

LAUTOKA football side has taken the lead on the Vodafone Premier League points table after Nadi lost three points in a protest.

Fiji FA awarded the protest to Ba, which they filed after their 3-1 loss to Nadi in the Vodafone Premier League game earlier this year.

The two teams played at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on January 14, after which Ba lodged a protest regarding the players’ registrations.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said Nadi failed to adhere to the rules and did not submit the registration two days before the match.

“Unfortunately the registration did not reach the department and Ba also provided a lot of evidence.

“There was an error message that was sent back to Nadi, that whatever document they sent was not delivered and Nadi should have acted as they had the whole day on Thursday to rectify it,” Yusuf said.

“Fiji FA’s board of control did elaborate on the matter and it all boiled down to the league rules that teams needed to register all the players for two clear days before the match and as the result Ba’s protest was allowed.”

Yusuf said in the other case, Nadi’s protest against Tavua was disallowed. Tavua beat Nadi 1-nil at Garvey Park.

“It was done on the grounds that Tavua FA had not add in their registration about that particular player although the player did admit he played for Nadroga before going to New Zealand and played in NZ. There was no records of the players taking an ITC from Fiji to New Zealand.” The Nadi football side has slipped from first to third place on the VPL table.

The side now has eight points, while Lautoka and Galaxy Plaza Labasa both have nine points.

The Blues lead on the table with a better goal difference while Ba climbs to fourth place with six points and Suva slips to fifth.