April 12, 2017
The pools of the 2017 Vodafone Fiji FACT were drawn in Suva today under a new system.
The eight premier districts for the very first time were placed in four pots with each pot containing two teams and the draw then taking place with each picked team placed in one of the two pools.
Fiji FA Chief Executive Mohammed Yusuf said they decided to do something different this year and have followed FIFA’s style of picking teams for each of the pools.
The first pot contained defending champion Nadi and host Rewa, second pot consisted of top 2 teams in the Vodafone Premier League standings- Labasa and Suva, Pot 3 had third and fourth placed teams in the VPL standing- Lautoka and Ba while Pot 4 had bottom two teams Dreketi and Rakiraki.
Following the draw, champs Nadi, Labasa, Ba and Dreketi were drawn in Pool 1 while Pool 2 has Rewa, Suva, Lautoka and newcomers Rakiraki.
Fiji FA Vice President Yogeshwar Singh said the 27th edition of the tournament should be exciting as all teams have shown good improvement in the Vodafone Premier League this season and the Fiji FACT which is the second major tournament on the Fiji FA calendar after the Courts IDC should draw huge crowd in Nausori.
He added that the districts will also benefit from the tournament as apart from the prizes for the top four finishers, all districts will receive fifty percent of the profits after all the relevant expenses are met.
Vodafone Fiji Chief Marketing Officer, Rajnesh Kumar while presenting the $75,000 sponsorship cheque said the company is proud to be associated with Fiji FA and as major sponsors they want to see the sport grow to another level.
He said the Fiji FACT is one tournament which produces a lot of young players and gives the spectators two weekends of fun-filled football action.
The pool matches will be played from May 12-14 at Ratu Cakobau Park and the semifinals and final will be played the following weekend. The venue of the final playoff will be decided once the semifinalists are confirmed.
The winner of the Vodafone Fiji FACT will receive $15,000, the runners up will get $4000 while the two losing semifinalists will return home $1000 richer.
By Reginald Chandar