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Transfer Closed, Some Decisions Pending

The Fiji Football Association transfer window closed yesterday with some decisions made.

There have been some movement of players with Suva gaining most of the players in this window to strengthen their side in campaign to qualify for the OFC Champions League.

The capital city side applied for the release of Rewa and national goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau, midfielders Rati Tevita Warainivalu, Madhwan Goundar, Ratu Savenaca Nakalevu, Mohammed Naizal and striker Iosefo Verevou. Suva also applied for the services of Ba and national defender Remeuru Takiata and Dreketi’s Menon Ram.

Labasa sought the services of Lautoka reps Christopher Wasasala and Iliesa Lino while Rewa made a last minute application for Setareki Hughes from Suva.

Fiji Football Association dispute committee met on Tuesday evening to hear some of the disputes and some decisions have been made.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they have made decisions on some players and some have been deferred.

“If Labasa wants Wasasala and Lino to feature in this weekend Vodafone Premier League they will have to pay the amount demanded by Lautoka football, “Yusuf said.

Yusuf said whatever Lautoka have claimed from them they have to deposit it to Fiji FA and then the players would be released.
“Lautoka was not present in the meeting and once Lautoka officials come and justify their claims then the dispute committee will decide the amount to be paid to Lautoka while the balance will be given back to Labasa. If it is to be paid full to Lautoka it will be given to them”Yusuf said.

Rewa will have set back this weekend when they take on Nadi as they will be missing several key players.
Midfielder Ratu Savenaca Nakalevu has been cleared to feature for Suva while police officers Tamanisau, Waranivalu and Goundar will have to seek audience to their club first.

Yusuf said the three players have been asked to give audience to their club and then the decision would be made.
“Simi, Waranivalu and Madhwan have been asked to see their club first because they have not gone to their clubs and the clubs requested they has said that they have not seen them.’

‘Once that is done than Rewa will release them and if Rewa doesn’t release them than Fiji FA will intervene, ’Yusuf said.

“Mohammed Naizal’s application’s withdrawal from Suva has been accepted and he will feature for Rewa,”Yusuf said.

Yusuf said for Takiata it was not yet seven days with his application so there was no case for him.

“We will wait for seven days and then we will write to Ba and then the decision would be made, ‘Yusuf said.

Meanwhile brothers Iosefo Verevou and Epeli Saukuru’s dispute hearing have been deferred.

Yusuf said they still had to get more information regarding their case.

“Both of their cases have been deferred and we have to get more information on Verevou as both Suva and Rewa made some representations and if it serious than it might lend suspension to the player. Yusuf said.

It is believed the players have gained monetary advantage before withdrawing their application.

Transfer Application as 30th January.

Rewa to Suva: Mohammed Naizal- withdrawn accepted. Iosefo Verevou. (deferred) Ratu Savenaca Nakalevu (released). Simione Tamanisau, Tevita Waranivalu and Madhwan Goundar (pending).

Ba to Suva. Remeura Takiata (pending). Menon Veneet Ram-Dreketi to Suva.

Lautoka to Labasa: Christopher Wasasala and Iliesa Lino. Rewa to Lautoka: Epeli Saukuru.
Labasa to Dreketi: Antonio Tuivuna.
International Transfer
Benjamin Totori: Solomon Island to Lautoka- ITC received. Corry Chettleburgh-New Zealand to Lautoka – ITC received. Brian Kaltak-Vanuatu to Lautoka-ITC requested.
Troy Watson-USA to Ba-ITC received. Nathan Howard Brown-USA to Ba, ITC received. Amal Singh-USA to Ba, ITC received.
Ratu Luke Lomasalato-New Zealand to Rewa, ITC requested. Charlie Junior Benjamin-Solomon Island to Rewa,ITC requested.

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