Professional league plans in the pipeline

Fiji's striker Saula Waqa in action against Solomon Islands in their international friendly match at the ANZ Stadium. Picture: ATU RASEA

FIJI Football Association is working on a major plan for a Professional League in Fiji.

President Rajesh Patel, in his address during the Lautoka Football Association’s thanksgiving function last week, said plans are under pipeline to turn the league professional.

“We want to take Fiji, by 2020, in the professional league.

“As we go long, this professional league will also be the qualifiers for the OFC Champions League that is what we proposed,” he said.

Patel said teams participating in the OFC Champions League every year are all professional clubs and it’s a top-level competition.

He said this would also help towards football development in the country.

“If you play in Champions League, it’s all professional clubs coming in there, so you have to compete to the top level.

“For us to make the determination that it becomes easier, if you are a professional club then only you will be able to be nominated in the Oceania Champions League.

“It’s something in the pipeline we at Fiji FA want to make sure as we move along, the football develops in the country and at the same time we become a professional organization.”

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