Patel is still in charge at Fiji FA

SUVA, 07 OCTOBER 2015 ( FIJI TIMES) ----Rajesh Patel is still the man in charge of leading Fiji Football Association into the future and said he would announce a new national coach today.

Patel managed a massive victory over Shalendra Prasad in the presidential election last night at the Ba Academy.

Patel was confident of retaining his seat and he did that with a 37-16 victory.

The win made it Patel's second term as president of the $5million organisation and allowed him to remain as an Oceania Football Association vice-president. It was tense as district officials converged on the academy conference room. Differences clearly showed where the votes were going.

Patel retained his vice-presidents. Tarunesh Reddy beat Abdul Rafiq 42 votes to nine while Yogeshwar Singh won 40 to 12 against Shalendra Roy.

"The districts were steadfast in their decisions and the districts that haven't supported me I will still look after all as one," Patel said.

"Fiji FA will stick to its plans and all the critics out there, the results itself has proven what the districts have said, and they have supported me through the years and want me to continue for another four years. The first major step is putting up an academy in the North and once that is done, the development centre will also be done."

Patel confirmed the new national coach will be announced today. National coach Carlos Buzzetti's term ends in November.

"The finance of Fiji FA is much clearer now. We had a deficit last year and we have a net increase of $229,000 and almost $639,000 in return profits which will be used for the national teams, under 20 and U23 teams for next year," Patel said.....PACNEWS 


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