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Nadi gives Bainivalu warning

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, April 23, 2012

THE Nadi Football Association has summoned rising star Poasa Bainivalu to attend training in preparation for the 2012 Vodafone Fiji FACT from today or face disciplinary action.

Bainivalu has been caught in a transfer wrangle between Lautoka and Nadi.

The Fiji U23 rep applied for his transfer to move to Nadi from Lautoka during the first transfer window earlier this year.

The Lautoka Football Association did not release the player citing contractual obligations.

NFA took the case to the Fiji Football Association which found certain breaches in the contract and granted the release.

However, after the release was granted Bainivalu changed his mind and opted to stay with the Blues. Bainivalu went into the Fiji U23 camp and failed to withdraw his request within the transfer window.

The NFA board of control held a meeting on Friday and concluded that the young defender should attend training at the Andrews Primary School ground from today.

The NFA board of control has indicated that if Bainivalu fails to adhere to their decision then the player would face serious disciplinary action.

The former Lautoka Central College captain has written to the NFA stating his intentions to remain with the Sugar City side.

He stated that the NFA had not followed proper procedures.

Bainivalu also claimed that he had not signed any player-licensing form to move from Lautoka to Nadi.

He has also written to the Fiji FA stating that his player licence form was signed without his consent which contravenes the player licensing rule.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said the issue was clear cut as Bainivalu had initially requested for a transfer which was granted.

He said the player failed to seek a withdrawal within the transfer window and would now have to wait for the next transfer window for his release.

Patel said Fiji FA could not comment on any disciplinary actions taken by Nadi.

Bainivalu is believed to be seeking a legal opinion on the matter.

He has been registered in the Lautoka Fiji FACT squad.

The opening round of the FACT will be held this weekend.

Rewa is the defending champion of the tournament.