Fiji FACT: Rewa relies on striker

Rewa FC. Picture: SUPPLIED

STAR striker Iosefo Verevou’s clearance to play for Rewa will add another dimension in the Rewa team, says Rewa Football Association president Nazeel Buksh ahead of the 2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT.

Verevou was cleared by Fiji Football Association after Rewa and the Fiji FA reached an agreement to settle the fine of $5000 after Verevou served the six-match suspension fined $5000 in the Vodafone Premier League this season.

He applied for his release to move to Suva, but a week later changed his mind and decided to stay with Rewa during the two-week player transfer window that closed in January.

“He has paid his fine this afternoon (yesterday) and he is all set to play for Rewa in the Fiji FACT,” FFA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said.

“He is eligible to play for Rewa. “We have settled the issue as far as Verevou’s case was concerned.” Buksh was a relieved man after Verevou was given the green light to take the field.

“He is an important part of the Rewa football team and he was the key player Rewa when we won two tournaments back to back and having him back in the team is a big boost.

“With the experience and the calibre of player he is will add another dimension to the team when he is around. The coach would want to maximise Verevou’s experience in the tournament,” Buksh said.

“The money for the suspension was given by a few Rewa supporters who paid part of the payment of the fine and we are still looking for sponsors to pay the other part off.”

Meanwhile, Suva Football Association president Ritesh Pratap said the association had no issue with Verevou to play for Rewa after they reached an agreement with the Fiji FA and Rewa FA. Rewa will face Ba at 8pm tonight at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

 

Squad:

Ba– Misiwane Nairube, Avinesh Suwamy, Amena Bolaitamana, Manasa Nawakula, Sitiveni Cavuilagi, Suliano Tawanakoro, Samuela Nabenia, Shivneel Singh, Abbu Zahid, Meli Codro, Kini Madigi, Kishan Sami, Malakai Rakula, Jonetani Newa, Saula Waqa, Malakai Tiwa, Narend Rao, Laisenia Raura, Aakash Sharma, Joeli Ranitu, Simione Nabenu, Atunaisa Naucukidi

Coach- Ronil Kumar

Labasa– Akuila Mateisuva, Iliesa Lino, Mohammed Zaid, Sitiveni Rakai, Ilaisa Nayasi Vulimainavuso, Thomas Steiner, Edwin Sahayam, Vikranth Chandra, Lekima Gonerau, Christopher Wasasala, Ilisoni Logaivau, Antonio Tuivuna, Pita Levaci, Ajesh Narayan, Taniela Waqa, Mohammed Waseem, Shaneel Naidu, Asaeli Batikasa

Coach– Anand Sami

Nadi– Samuela Tamanisau, Richard Naidu, Mosese Balenagaga, Afraz Ali, Rusiate Matarerega, Jone Ralulu, William Valentine, Christopher Kumar, Marika Rawasoi, Tito Vodowaqa, Ilimotama Jese, Ame Votoniu, Josevata Dugucagi, Surjason Sami, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Rupeni Rabici, Patrick Neel Joseph, Krishna Sami, Vijay Pillay, Peni Tuigulagula, Sekove Naivakananumi, Vereti Dickson

Coach– Babs Khan

Suva– Simione Tamanisau, Epeli Leiroti, Tevita Waranivalu, Phillip Kok Weng, Leong, Remueru Tekiate, Kelvin Naidu, Kaliova Tivulu, Ivan Kumar, Bruce Hughes, Savenaca Nakalevu, Madhvan Goundar, Tomasi Ucaloa, Mannav Permal, Sakaraia Naisua, Waisake Navunigasau, Shahil Dave, Filipe Baravilala, Ravnesh Karan Singh, Menon Ram, Faizal Ali, Emori Ragata, Panapasa Ratumuri

Coach– Tuka Tisam

Dreketi– Petero Tamaniabo, Osea Lautiki, Joseva Bolakivei, Sisa Rage Valesua, Daniel Dass,Setareki Raiole, Vilikesa Sowani, Thomas Vulivuli, Shamal Sabneel Lal, Anish Khem, Apisai Sesewa, Akeimi Ralulu, Mohammed Jamshir Issac, Usaia Tadau, Inia Vetaukula, Abinesh Chand, Peni Sokia, Shoel Khan, Mohammed Sahhail Yaseen, Rusiate Doidoi, Sailasa Vosaicake, Benidito Caginiveisaqa

Coach– Johan Leewai

Lautoka– Senirusi Bokini, Praneel Naidu, Zibraaz Sahib, Shazil Ali, Poasa Bainivalu, Jone Vesikula, Dave Radrigai, Kavaia Rawaqa, Benjamin Totori, Semi Matalau, Merrill Nand, Laitia Tuilau, Edward Justin, Shivam Naidu, Peni Finau, Osea Vakatalesau, Kolinio Sivoki, Arami Manumanubai, Shivnil Chand, Brian Kaltack, Waisea Kotoisuva, Beniaminio Mateinaqara

Coach– Kamal Swamy

Rewa– Manasa Waqavou, Peniame Drova, Lorima Dau, Josateki Tamudu, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Mohammed Naizal, Sairusi Nalaubu, Setareki Hughes, Iosefo Verevou, Gabiriele Matanisiga, Misale Draunibaka, Paula Kalouniviti , Savenaca Baledrokadroka, Epeli Saukuru, Taione Kerevanua, Amani Makoe, Posiano Koalasito, Siotame Kubu, Mitieli Namuka, Mohammed Ramzan Khan, Abhishek Pritesh Deo, Epeli Loaniceva

Coach– Marika Rodu

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