Football ‘exodus’

Peceli Sukabula on attack for Ba against Navua during their VPL clash at Ba Football Academy grounds. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

The Ba Football Association has been affected by players moving to other districts, but is proud of breeding local reps for district competitions.

The Vodafone Premier League champion fielded youth players in the senior team against Navua on Saturday.

This is because of the exodus of some senior players in the mid-season transfer window.

Ba fielded four newcomers in the starting line-up in the 5-3 victory against Navua.

They included Sumeet Gounder, Peceli Sukabula, Samisoni Waqabuli and Mitieli Naiviro while other youth players Isikeli Sevanaia, Lorima Batirerega, Malakai Rere and Junior Singh were on the reserve list.

Eleven Ba players applied for their transfers earlier this month with Simione Nabenu, Laisenia Raura, Malakai Rakula, Darold Kakasi, Atunaisi Naucukidi and Beniamino Mateinaqara making their move to other districts.

Ba team manager Ranveer Singh said Ba would continue to develop young talents.

Ba is wary of Lautoka whom they will play at Churchill Park tomorrow at 7pm.

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