Sugar City Blues: Was there match-fixing to harm Lautoka in the 2015 IDC? Article by Henry Dyer, 15 October 2015
|Henry Dyer and Lote Delai.|
The comments we received from the fans and the public suggested that no-one is happy about the alleged match-fixing as Nadi is such a big district in Fiji. If it really happened this is unsportsmanlike and the people who are responsible are killing the game of soccer. They should not have bothered to go as low especially as it was an IDC and Lautoka is a neighbour. Lautoka has always been good to Nadi and I can’t understand how Nadi could accept such a negative situation. In return the whole of Nadi and the nation went against the Nadi team just by listening to the public opinion. If it is true then Fiji Football should put a stop to it. The interest in the sport and the passion for the sport will continue to decline if these events occur even though soccer is slowly starting to rise again (as evidenced by the 10,000 crowd at the IDC Final).
Maybe Nadi town area should have a new district team created (based at Namaka, for example). Then the competition will be good for Nadi Soccer and Nadi Town will always have a second team there in the tournament. I believe Namaka could make it to the top as Nadi Town has the financial and the monetary support.
|Nadi legends Henry Dyer and Inosi Tora.|
|The barman at Ba Central Club accepts a Fiji Gold from Henry Dyer (third from left) while Ba and Fiji legend Semi Tabaiwalu (first on left) looks on.|