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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Solomon students at USP to feature for district teams in the Fiji Bitter Fact tournament this weekend

At least two Solomon Islands students at the University of the South Pacific in Suva have been registered by two district teams to feature in the 2007 Fiji Bitter Fact tournament which kicks off at Govind Park in Ba tomorrow.

The two students are William Misibini who will play for Rewa and Aldrine Kilua who will feature for Nasinu.

The Fiji Bitter Fact is one of the three most prestigious soccer tournaments in Fiji beside the Battle of the Giants (BOG) and the Inter District Championship (IDC). The 2007 Fiji Bitter Fact will start tomorrow and run until Sunday afternoon when the winner will be determined.

It is understood that in the upcoming Fiji Bitter Fiji FACT in Ba there are only ten players of different nationality registered for the four day event. These overseas players are mostly students of the University of the South Pacific and other tertiary institutions. This means that the trend of recruiting overseas players to boost district teams for the major tournaments is on the down turn this year. Last year during the IDC tournament there were more than 15 players recruited overseas by the district teams.

Both Misibini and Kilua are members of the USP Soccer team which is the current champion in the Fiji Inter-tertiary games. Last week, the Rewa team had two warm up matches with the USP team which both teams won one and lost one. It is believed the Rewa team has approached several other Solomon student players to feature in the Fiji Fact, but was declined due to study committments.

Meanwhile, another three ni-Vanuatu students will also feature for Suva and Rewa. Vanuatu midfielder, Alick Koko will play for Rewa whilst Suva will have the services of Vanuatuan defender Saimata Chillia, Soromon Suele and striker Joseph Nimariau.

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