More in­ter­est on Fut­sal car­ni­val

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The or­gan­is­ers of the 3rd Is­land Pacific Ap­parel Fut­sal Car­ni­val will de­cide this week if they will stick with 48 teams or al­low for more teams. The need to re­view the num­ber of teams comes af­ter the team reg­is­tra­tion had ex­ceeded the 48team limit. Tour­na­ment co-or­di­na­tor, Nadeem Mo­hammed said that they ex­pected this to hap­pen, given that this is the big­gest Fut­sal car­ni­val with at­trac­tive prizes on of­fer.

“Cur­rently, we got 66 teams short­listed and a good num­ber have started pay­ing the en­try fee of $140,” Mo­hammed said. He said they have re­quested other teams to pay their en­try fee by Novem­ber 10 or else they lose their place in the tour­na­ment. “I’m ex­tremely in­debted to Mr Govind Goundar, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Is­land Pacific Ap­parel Lim­ited and mar­ket­ing man­ager Su­nil Chand. To­gether with Mr Bashir Pa­tel of Hai’s Au­to­port (Canada) Lim­ited and as­so­ci­ate spon­sors of 4R Lim­ited, Can­form Hard­ware Lim­ited, Sports World, Clas­sic Signs Lim­ited, Su­per Drugs Phar­macy, South Pacific Busi­ness So­lu­tions, Skylite Se­cu­rity, Reliance Phar­macy, Sharma’s Mu­sic Cen­tre and KK’s Hard­ware Lim­ited for as­sist­ing us in mak­ing this car­ni­val grow so early.” Mo­hammed said they also ac­knowl­edged Fiji Sun for be­ing their print me­dia part­ners.

“This year will also see the ad­di­tion of a vet­eran’s event which will be known as the Fiji Sun Masters com­pe­ti­tion, which will be a 16-team event where the win­ners get $500 and a tro­phy with the run­ners-up pock­et­ing $250 and a tro­phy.” He also said Is­land Pacific Ap­parel Lim­ited has also an­nounced that a per­cent­age of in­come re­ceived from teams pur­chas­ing their jer­sey for this tour­na­ment would be di­rected to stu­dents study­ing at Nadi Mus­lim Col­lege. “We are in­cred­i­bly thank­ful to Is­land Pacific Ap­parel Lim­ited for this ini­tia­tive.”

Tagged as Fiji’s big­gest Fut­sal car­ni­val, the win­ners pocket $1500 cash along with the late Mo­hammed Rafiq Cup and 15 medals. The run­ners- up re­ceive $600 cash, tro­phy and 15 medals while the semi- fi­nal­ists will be re­warded with $140 and a shield each. “In sim­ple terms, a team reach­ing the semi-fi­nals will get the en­try fee back and a con­so­la­tion of a shield with com­pli­ments of Hai’s Au­to­port (Canada) Lim­ited.” Mo­hammed high­lighted that teams are com­ing bet­ter pre­pared this year for a big­ger and bet­ter tour­na­ment.

“This is fur­ther boosted with four Fut­sal spe­cial­ist ref­er­ees be­ing brought in from Suva to of­fi­ci­ate and at the same time cre­ate aware­ness about Fut­sal ref­er­ee­ing among their Western coun­ter­parts.” He said the pool draws is ex­pected to be done by the end of Novem­ber and the two­day event will be from De­cem­ber 11-12 at Nadi Mus­lim Col­lege grounds. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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