A WOMAN will guide the Tavua Football Association for the first few rounds of the Fiji Sun/ GP Batteries National Football League starting this weekend.
Earlier this week, it was unclear whether Tavua would be able to compete following the resignation of president Shailesh Kumar and no administrators could be contacted.
Yesterday, Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Bob Kumar confirmed former president Ummat Mohammed stepped up to administer the district for the time being. He said Mohammed had confirmed their participation with Fiji FA and would field a strong team against Rewa in their first match at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on Saturday.
"We are grateful to Mrs Mohammed, we asked her to take charge and she agreed and confirmed they will play," Kumar said.
"She said she has met the players and they will start training today (yesterday) and I hope they are able to work something out in the next two days as games start on Saturday," he said.
Mohammed became the first female to take up the post as a district president in July last year when she replaced Shalendra Roy but resigned after serving for a few months.
Last season, Tavua finished second last. With the Super Eight to be introduced this season, they are aiming to finish in the top teams.
In other NFL games this Saturday, Ba takes on Nadroga at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka while Labasa hosts Nadi after the official opening at Subrail Park and then Suva faces Savusavu.
On Sunday, Savusavu plays Nadi at Subrail Park after which Labasa will host Suva while Lautoka hosts Ba at Churchill Park.