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Each player owed close to $5k - Naiqama

17:31 Thu Mar 08, 2018

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Report by: Vashneel Prasad

The saga between Fiji National Rugby League and the Vodafone Fiji Bati players continue.

This time Bati captain Kevin Naiqama has revealed to Perth Now that the players are still owed around $4965.00 each for reaching the World Cup semi-final.

Naiqama says, the money has now been moved from the FNRL coffers to the RLIF and he is completing the process to ensure his teammates get the bonus cash.

However, players are fed up with the longstanding regime at the top of the game in their country, who Naiqama says have failed to pay players properly at the past three World Cups.

Naiqama is leading a push from the playing group to have FNRL Chief Executive Timoci Naleba and Chairperson Filimoni Vosarogo punted from their roles and replaced by new management.

The captain says there is an annual general meeting in a month’s time which provides the opportunity for that.

He adds the removal of Naleba and Vosoroga could expedite the country’s entry into the NSW Cup competition.

Fiji could have a team in the Australian NSW reserve grade competition in 2019 if the bid led by Petero Civoniceva is successful.

He says Naleba and Vosarogo are the two guys who are stopping that because they are the ones that have to give it the tick to get it approved.

Naiqama says they have no confidence in them moving forward and they will stand down from future test matches unless they are voted out and removed.

FBC Sports contacted Vosarogo on the issues and he says he will comment later.

Meanwhile, NRL kicks off tonight and you can watch the Broncos-Dragons match live on FBCTV at 9pm and also the delayed coverage of the Cowboys-Sharks match at 8.30pm on Saturday while you can watch the Bulldogs taking on the Storm live at 10.05pm Saturday.

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