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Fan club salutes Fiji FA

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

THE Ba Fan Club (BFC) has applauded the decision of Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) in awarding Ba the 2010 National Football League (NFL) title.

In a press statement to the Times Sport, BFC chairman Arvin Datt said "it is a victory for soccer and fair play."

Ba finished the NFL on top with 51 points ahead of Lautoka on 49. However, the title was awarded to the Sugar City side after they lodged a complaint against a Nigerian player in the Rewa team.

Lautoka FC claimed the player did not had a valid International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

The Fiji FA board under the leadership of Doctor Muhammad Shamsud-Dean Sahu Khan awarded Lautoka the three points giving them the NFL title and the right to take part in the next O-League.

Following last weekend's meeting, the Fiji FA board members led by acting Fiji FA president Sheik Ibrahim overruled the earlier decision and declared Ba the new winner.

"We are indeed confident of the current BOC (Board of Control) and hope that the good work will continue for the fairness of soccer in the country," Datt said.

He added a lot of hard work needed to be done by the new leadership to bring back the lost credibility to Fiji FA.

"Not forgetting the hardworking president Rishi Kumar and his officials. We acknowledge the help of all the members and executives of BFC," Datt said.

"We wish the Ba soccer team all the best and success with the hope that Ba qualifies from the region and does Fiji proud in the world cup this year."


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