Tavua in financial crisis

Tavua’s Ratu Dau goes on attack against Nadi during their match in the Vodafone Premier League at Prince Charles Park earlier last month. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Tavua football side is facing financial constraints to contract its players unlike all other districts in the premier division.

The giant-killer of Fiji soccer, however, will not use the above issue to deter the players from giving its best at the upcoming Courts Inter District Championship in Suva.

Team president Pranesh Prakash said the side had been struggling to pay its players.

He said their players were not contracted but played their hearts out for the pride of their district and families.

“Our main issue is financial support and we are still searching for sponsors to cater for our IDC preparation,” said Prakash.

“We don’t contract our boys like other teams and we are concerned that some of these boys can be lured to other districts through money.

“I must commend the players for giving their time to play for the side and we are grateful to have maintained our spot in the top competition,” he said.

Tavua is pooled with Nadi, Rewa and Suva at the IDC. Prakash said the side had beaten Rewa and Nadi in the league games and would use their past results to inspire the boys at the IDC.

“We have beaten Rewa at their home turf and also beaten Nadi here in Tavua.

“The boys will be inspired by these wins to carry them through to the IDC.” He said the side started training yesterday and would feature mostly youths in their IDC campaign.

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