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Labasa to miss deported Nigerian duo

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LABASA soccer side will miss the services of two Nigerian players who were deported with a number of their countrymen for violating their travel arrangements.

The Nigerian duo were included in the Babasiga Lions outfit after impressing officials during trial matches and were earmarked to feature from April 1.

Labasa Football secretary Nilesh Lal said the two were among other Nigerians who entered the country for the purpose of playing an exhibition match with the Fijian national side.

"The Immigration Department says they need to go back to Nigeria and apply for a permit to enter the country on the purpose of playing for a local club," Lal added.

"They have left the country last week. There were a number of players that had come in that cohort that came to play.

"All of them have been sent back including Jerry Chima who had already started playing for Suva."

Suva Football president Mahend Prasad said they did not spend any money for Chima's services.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Bob Kumar admitted they invited a Nigerian side to play against the national team but "they never arrived".

"We don't know whether those players belong to that same team. As far as we know, the team we invited never came."

"It is a loss for us given the calibre of the two players. They were also disciplined boys and were very grateful for being given the chance to play for Labasa," Lal added.