March 14, 2012
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OFC strip Fiji of Nation Cup hosting rights

By Sunil Sharma

Fiji Football Association has lost hosting rights to June’s 2012 Oceania Football Confederation Men’s Nation Cup which is the second stage qualifier for the 2014 World Cup playoffs.

The new venue is yet to be confirmed.

Fiji FA president, Rajesh Patel told FijiLive the decision was made by OFC.

“We have no choice, but to accept it. This is a big loss to Fiji soccer,” Patel said.

“We tried our best to convince OFC otherwise, but in the end we have to accept it and move on.”

This is the second tournament to be moved from Fiji, after the Olympic qualifiers was moved to Taupo in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Fiji FA will soon confirm the venue for the first round of the Vodafone Fiji FACT which will be held in the southern division.

Tournament proper will be played at Churchill Park in Lautoka on May 10-13.


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