Club Comp In 3 Zones

Fiji Sun - - Sport - RITESH KUMAR Edited by Osea Bola Feed­back: os­eab@fi­jisun.com.fj

The 2016 Voda­fone Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onship (NCC) will kick-off this week­end with the zonal play­offs.

Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Fiji FA) com­pe­ti­tions man­ager Amitesh Pal said the NCC would be held in the Cen­tral, Western and North­ern di­vi­sions. “We are await­ing nom­i­na­tions from dis­tricts for the clubs who have qual­i­fied to com­pete in the zonal play­offs and based on the nom­i­na­tions, pool draws will be done as well as the fix­tures and the venues,” Pal said. “The venues for the zonal play­offs and the NCC fi­nals will be de­cided this week.” The NCC is con­tested by the top teams from all of the foot­ball dis­tricts in the coun­try. Pal said they are ex­pect­ing the NCC to be a big­ger and bet­ter one this year. “We have seen high stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion in the Voda­fone Premier League and we are ex­pect­ing the same dur­ing the NCC.” 4R Elec­tri­cal club from Ba are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons af­ter de­feat­ing Lau­toka’s FC City United in the fi­nal last year.

Nadroga Protest

Mean­while, Nadroga has lodged a protest against Nadi and Rewa for field­ing un­reg­is­tered play­ers dur­ing the Voda­fone Premier League.

Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Kumar said.

“Nadroga filed a protest against Nadi’s Martin Navosa who fea­tured against Labasa and Dreketi hav­ing be­ing reg­is­tered with Nadroga while protest against Rewa was in re­la­tion to Te­vita Warani­valu,” Kumar said. Nadroga fin­ished at the bot­tom of the Premier League this sea­son re­sult­ing in the side fac­ing a direct de­mo­tion while Raki­raki moves up to play in the Premier League from the Se­nior Divi­sion. Nadroga’s de­mo­tion will see the side join­ing Navua and Nas­inu who are still strug­gling to move up to the top divi­sion since de­moted from the top divi­sion years ago.

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