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Stars out

Manoj Kumar
Monday, April 29, 2013

THERE is anger and frustration in the Labasa camp over Fiji Football Association's handling of their transfer request.

The northerners have been told that they won't be able to use Pita Bolaitoga, Maciu Dunadamu, Ilaitia Tuilau, Taniela Waqa and Papua New Guinean Wira Wama for the rest of the season.

These players have been playing for PNG side Hekari and Vanuatu's Amicale FC in the Oceania League Championship.

With Hekari out of the running, Wama, Bolaitoga, Dunadamu and Waqa were to have joined the Babasiga Lions for the remainder of the National Football League and the Fiji FACT, Battle of the Giants and Inter District Championship.

Fiji FA though has ruled otherwise.

"They won't be able to play for Labasa until the next transfer window, which is in December," Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar said yesterday.

"That's simply because they (the players) continued to play after the last transfer window closed earlier this month."

Labasa FA media officer and assistant secretary Nilesh Lal said the revelation came as a surprise and that they would "pursue the matter further".

"If need be, we will seek clarification with the Oceania Football Confederation," Lal said.-

"When we asked Bob (Kumar) as to who made this resolution, he said it was 'common sense'.

Lal added that "wasn't right" and that they would work according to FIFA transfer regulations to ensure that the right call was made.

Kumar said unlike last year, when there was a transfer window in June, things had changed this term because of the new football season, which now starts in September.

"That's why we can't have another transfer window open so soon before September.

"If these players had not featured after the transfer deadline date then fine but they did thus it rules them ineligible to play for Labasa in this window, however, they can keep playing for their current O League clubs."

Lal pointed out that early this year some of his players, now playing for Hekari, featured for the Lions in the opening round of the league in January before moving to PNG.

"No one said a word then even though the December transfer window had closed," he said.

Suva is another district affected with Amicale FC player Samu Kautoga ruled out as his team is in the OFC Champions League semi-finals.

"This matter will surely be discussed at our executive meeting and then we will decide what to do," Suva FA president Mahend Prasad said.

Kautoga recently trained with the Whites when in Suva.

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