Top players move

Fiji Football Association player registration and transfer manager Rohitesh Narayan has confirmed that the Association has not officially endorsed any player transfer to date since the opening of the January transfer window for local footballers.

Narayan, however, he stated that the association had received a number of high-profile applications from footballers to switch districts in a brand new football season.

“We’ve received a number of applications from footballers, who are seeking a transfer,” he said.

“We’re currently vetting and scrutinising each of the application thoroughly to curb any unnecessary issues later on.

“The normal application fees of $50 with the original documents had been submitted.

“The districts might be negotiating among themselves in case a footballer was contracted.

“Fiji FA hasn’t officially endorsed any transfer as we speak from the numerous applications.

“We’ve not received a single transfer document signed by the player concerned from any of the local football districts as yet and until we do so, it’s all rumours.

“We will be in a better position to confirm all the official transfers as we approach the deadline.”

Narayan pointed out that Anish Khem and Inoke Turagalailai had sought a transfer from Rewa FC to Suva FC, Solomon Islander Marlon Tahioa of Labasa FC to Suva FC, Ba trio Abbu Zahid to Rewa FC and Samuela Drudru including Samuela Navoce to Suva FC respectively, Lautoka FC pair Dave Radrigai and Malakai Rakula to Suva FC, Suva FC’s Manasa Levaci to Labasa FC and Navua FC goalkeeper Thakur Narayan to newly-promoted Nasinu FC as some “big” names, who had submitted their applications seeking a transfer.

He also stated that there was a number of transfer applications lodged for futsal players as well.

The first player transfer window for the season opened on Monday 10 January for local districts and footballers to begin their trading in three categories being the senior men’s, women’s and futsal players for 21 days and would close on Sunday, January 30 at midnight.

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