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Midfielder Avinesh back for the Blues

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, April 19, 2012

THE Lautoka Football Association has written to the Fiji Football Association seeking the clearance of star midfielder Alvin Avinesh for the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League match against Navua this Sunday.

The national rep returned to join the Blues at training last week.

Avinesh was slapped with a seven-week suspension after failing to honour his contract with the Labasa Football Association last year. His suspension started from the first week of the new NFL season and ends this Saturday. LFA senior vice president Abdul Khaiyum Rafiq said they had sought the clearance for Avinesh from the parent body.

He said Avinesh's inclusion would be a major boost for the Blues team.

Rafiq said the Sugar City side would be aiming for revenge against Navua after going down to the southerners in the NFL last year.

"The boys have been training seriously," Rafiq said. "A few of them are with the national training squad. Last year we lost to Navua 3-1 in the NFL on our home turf."

"Navua drew 1-all with Rewa last week. So they will be a strong side. We will not underestimate them."

"Last week's result against Suva has put the team on the right track for the Fiji FACT." The LFA has also sought for the clearance of Peni Finau from Fiji FA.

The veteran defender had applied for a release to join Nadroga at the start of the season but failed to secure a contract with the new district.

Meanwhile, the Gurjeet Singh-coached Suva team will feature twice this weekend. Suva will travel to Vanua Levu and play Labasa at Subrail Park at 6pm on Saturday. The Capital City team will then travel to Ganilau Park to face Savusavu at 3pm on Sunday.

In another match on Sunday Rewa will host Nadroga at the tFL Stadium in Suva. The fixture will also kick off at 3pm.

Lautoka leads the NFL with a better goal differential from Suva. Both teams have 12 points each.


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