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$100k boost

Maciu Malo
Thursday, March 13, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji has given $100,000 to 4R Electrical Ba and Nadi as they prepare for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League next month.

The teams will get $50,000 each as they target good performances in the OFC competition.

Vodafone's enterprise development head Antonio Kitione said the sponsorship was part of the company's commitment to help develop football in Fiji.

He said the sponsorship was a consortium deal with C J Patel to help prepare the teams for the Champions League.

"We are not only looking at just giving the money but helping our players to compete in world tournaments," said Kitione.

"This sponsorship will make it easier for the teams to prepare financially and also motivate the players to perform to their best."

Ba president Rishi Kumar said the sponsorship would boost the morale of his players to improve on their previous Champions League outings.

"We are happy and thankful to Vodafone for coming forward to assist our Champions League preparation campaign," said Kumar.

"We do need money and I think with this kind of support our players will do their best."

Nadi soccer president Navneeda Goundar echoed similar sentiments, saying the sponsorship will inspire his players to perform.

"Both teams will benefit from the sponsorship and we will try and make our sponsors happy.

"The money will be used to pay our players." Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said securing sponsors to assist district teams at world-sanctioned tournaments was a priority of his board.

"My board is looking after all the teams that participate in Oceania tournaments and our job is for all teams to have a sponsorship," he said.

"These teams are representing Fiji and we will be there to assist them."

He said it would be interesting to see a Nadi-Ba final in this year's Champions League, especially with this kind of sponsorship.

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