Fiji FA relooks at overseas players
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 23:54

THE Fiji Football Association says it will reconsider having overseas players participating at local tournaments in the future.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said they needed to seriously look into the matter.


Ba soccer team manager Arvin Singh, who was vocal to Times Sport about the issue, said the parent body needed to take action on recruiting overseas players in Fiji.

He said recruiting players for tournaments had killed the spirit of the game. He said it was not helping the development of the sport in Fiji.

"I do not know why they keep allowing overseas players to come and play here. It is not helping the development of the sport in the country, that is why we are seeing our national team going down every day," Singh said.

At the BOG itself, more than nine overseas players are likely to feature depending on the International Transfer Clearance outcome.

According to Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar Lautoka has opted to field four overseas players, Rewa four, Labasa two while Suva and Navua have one each.

Singh said it was disappointing to see the poor performance of teams when their overseas players departed.

Kumar said only three overseas players would be accommodated for each team at such tournament.

"Most teams rely on overseas players to win and this is not helping the development of soccer in the country. The development of soccer is my concern, I think Rajesh and his team should think about this," he said.

Patel said while it was positive playing 90 minutes of football, the recruitment of import players was another issue they needed to deal with.

"We will seriously look into the matter before we decide on it. If we want our national team to do good in the future then this is something we will need to reconsider," he added.


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