The village council of Leauva’a in Samoa has penalised the manager of the Manu Samoa rugby team over allegations against his behaviour at the recent World Cup.
Manu Samoa captain, Mahonri Schwalger, was critical of Tuala Mathew Vaea in his captains report from the tournament, saying that he did not fulfil his duties and was often playing golf or unable to be contacted,
Vaea was ordered during a village council meeting last Saturday to provide 100 sows, an equivalent of two and half thousand US dollars for the village.
A matai of Leauva’a, Sala Lose, says the decision was made to impose a penalty because the allegations have tarnished the chiefly title Tuala bestowed on Mathew, who is a village member.
The long road to the 2014 Football World Cup begins in Oceania next week with a four-country tournament in Samoa.
The winner of the preliminary stage event will qualify for a place in the group stage of the Oceania Nations Cup in June next year.
Host Samoa will be up against Tonga, Cook Islands and American Samoa.
Head Coach Fogalevai Tunoa Lui says his side is capable of winning the event although he admits they’re short on match practice.
“The only thing is that we’ve been out of international matches since South Pacific Games 2007 so this tournament is a big event for us and hopefully we’ll come out as winners because it’s a very important tournament, not only for our federation but for OFC.”