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Navua five want out

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

FIVE top players have applied for their release from the Navua Football Association in this transfer window.

Simione Damuni (Nadroga), Simione Maikali (Rewa), Inia Boko (Suva), Netani Doli (Suva) and Jesoni Takala (Labasa) are seeking a move.

Navua FA vice-president and interim coach Manoj Kumar said two players (Doli and Damuni) had disciplinary issues which would be dealt with by the board today.

"If they are cleared of any wrongdoing they will be free to leave," said the former journalist.

"Jesoni has his reason and we are working closely with Labasa FA to help him move.

"Inia had an issue with the previous president and opted out while Maikali's application just came in yesterday."

Kumar said some players had the habit of sitting at home and getting paid, something the new executives were keen to change.

"We will provide employment but there will be no spoon-feeding.

"No player is bigger than the association and the game. No players' demand is bigger than the pride of wearing that Navua jersey.

"Those wanting to leave can go. Others will feel in. We are living in a different era of football now where development, to me, is more important than player demands."

Kumar said youth players like Filipe Manuku, who started in the last two games, would be the future of Navua.

Meanwhile, Kumar acknowledged the contribution of vice-president Mahen Prasad, of FNU Navua, for paying player bonuses of $100 each for the 2-1 win over Nadroga.

"He (Mahen) is not from Navua but has soccer at heart and look at his loyalty.

"Can the same be said about four of the five players who are originally from Navua and want to leave, despite us arranging employment for them?

"That too in a season with the cloud of demotion hanging over our head. So much for district pride."

Navua plays Lautoka at 1pm Sunday at Ratu Cakobau Park.





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