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Lautoka three want transfer

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, March 01, 2014

THREE key Lautoka soccer players have applied for their transfer clearance seeking a move to another district this season.

Fullback Noa Vukica, defender Pranil Naidu and midfielder Dave Radrigai are rumoured to be joining either Suva or Ba.

Lautoka coach Dennis Singh said he received the transfer requests of the players on Thursday.

Singh said they would not stop any player from moving to another district.

"We will only keep players who give their full effort during training," he said.

"Players who do not have passion for the Blue jersey can make way for other players who are committed to bringing back glory to the Sugar City."

Lautoka is winless in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League after five matches and is placed at the bottom of the points table.

The Blues went down to Ba 6-2 in their last encounter.

Five players have been dropped from the squad after the big loss. Out are Mitieli Namuka, Jarrod Voi, Epeli Kosa, Mohammed Tasleem and Seremaia Nadusitu.

Singh, who guided Lautoka to the Inter District Championship victory in 2008, said the welfare of the rising stars was not looked after since his dismissal in 2009.

He said this created an exodus of the youth players.

"Players such as Samuela Drudru, Abbu Zahid, Iliesa Lino, Eran Underwood and Poasa Bainivalu left the district.

"Abbu and Drudru have excelled since their departure. The association relied on imports who have now left and this has created a big vacuum.

"Together with Bakelevu Moceimereke, we are trying to build a solid foundation. Although we have lost five games, we will not hit the panic button. I can assure the fans that this team will not be relegated to the premier division.

"The losses are nothing compared to the title drought in the last five years. We are trying to boost the squad in this new transfer window.

"Already Poasa and Eran are back. Zibraaz Sahib and Arvindra Naidu's suspensions have been lifted. We are grateful to former vice president Abdul Khaiyum Rafiq for his continued support. He also came to the change room to give a pep talk to the boys during one of our games. This is the kind of support that we need."

Lautoka will play Navua in the National Football League next weekend.

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