There is something very important to come in Labasa’s region in Fiji: according to Fijivillage the Fijian Football Association is set to build a football academy worth $5.5 in Korowiri, Labasa. It is know the Fijian football star Roy Krishna had an important role in the process. “Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf says all elite athletes will be brought in to undergo specialised training as Fiji FA believes the Northern Division has the potential to produce many more Roy Krishna’s,” it is mentioned in local media report.
“He [Yusuf] adds they [Fiji FA] hope to fully complete construction by March 2021 but as they are ahead of schedule, the academy will most probably officially open in January next year. Yusuf says the academy will have two grounds, a futsal court, accommodation, offices, a big hall as well as a fully fledged program like the ones in Suva and Ba. The CEO says FIFA has invested $4.6 million in the project while FIJI FA will be funding the rest,” as said in Fijivillage report.
Fijian star player Roy Krishna used his social media account to show his satisfaction with the news: “So glad that Fiji Football is setting up an academy in my hometown Labasa which is due to open in December. So happy to get a quick brief about their future plans and current initiatives. We definitely have a promising future ahead of us. I’m sure more young talents will be nurtured and groomed through this initiative and can expect to see more Fijians making a name in the world of football. Here’s to good leadership and foresight“.
Undoubtely, the action of Fijian FA is a good call for support in the development of football in the country; despite the news, much football fans raised their concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and pointing Fiji FA input should be turned to support players that are suffering due the forced break in football activities instead to promote the building of the football academy at the moment. According to local sources, it is know Fiji FA promised help for Fijian players that were hit by TC Harold.