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Registration blunder upsets Suva Women

In their opening match against Rewa, the young Suva Women’s team suffered a 12-0 defeat, exacerbated by registration issues that sidelined nearly half their squad.

Suva Women’s management learned shortly before the game that eight of their 22 players were ineligible to play due to expired registrations, a situation that took the team by surprise.

The Fiji FA informed the Suva Women’s management that the registrations had expired and renewal would require submission of birth certificates.

However, Suva officials, relying on the assumption that their players, primarily from the Suva U19 team had pre-existing registrations, were unaware of these requirements.

Suva Women’s Interim Head Coach George Brown told FijiLive that it was unfair of Fiji FA to not notify them on the expiry of registrations.

“Rightfully, we were supposed to have 22 registered players, but when we were setting up the lineup we found out that only 14 of our players were registered under Fiji FA.”

“From those 14 players, two were not available today, we had only 1 reserve while the rest of the 11 were fielded,” he said.

Simran Chand
Simran Chand
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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