June 08, 2021
Fiji Football Association has launched a food ration program to assist players affected by the second wave of COVID-19.
Speaking during the launch in Lautoka, Fiji FA President Rajesh Patel said the football governing body will assist the affected players with food rations, keeping Fiji FA’s Social Responsibility duties as a priority in this challenging time.
“A survey was conducted with strict criteria to identify the footballers whose livelihood were affected because of zero football activities since late April.”
“We will only assist those players who were fully committed and totally depended on football as their only income,” Patel mentioned.
Vice President and Deputy Chairman of the Fiji FA Finance Committee Aiyaz Musa will spearhead the distribution in the Western division with assistance from Naziah Ali Krishna and Jitendra Kumar.
The Southern Division distribution will be headed by board members Ravin Swamy, Jitendra Reddy, Yogeshwar Singh and Susan Wise.
“All these distributions will be done under very strict COVID-19 safety protocols and we will be seeking Police assistance whilst carrying out this project.”
Patel added that Fiji FA has partnered with Punjas for this project.
Fiji FA will roll this out in phases where the 8 Digicel Premier League districts and the 6 Digicel Women Super League districts will be assisted this week.
This will be followed by all Viti Levu senior men’s and senior women’s teams next week after thorough verification is done.
“We will also be assisting the Vanua Levu senior men’s and women’s teams but with a totally different package.
“Competitions in Vanua Levu was not yet started when the second wave of this pandemic hit us in mid-April and as a result, we will be checking from last year’s documents to establish the fully committed footballers that will be assisted.
“We are also aware of the effects of the two tropical cyclones that hit Vanua Levu amongst the football communities and our two Vice Presidents in the North Edwin Chand and Girja Prasad will oversee the northern phase within next two to three weeks.”
By Romeka Romena