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Donawa hopeful of concluding National League campaign

Justin Donawa

Justin Donawa, the Solihull Moors forward, hopes to see the Vanarama National League run its full course.

The fate of the Vanarama National League North and South, featuring several Bermudians, remains uncertain amid a row over funding to compensate for the loss of revenue brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The league’s fate will ultimately be determined by a vote the clubs have been given on their preferred outcome.

Each club has the option of four resolutions which revolve around whether or not to carry on with the campaigns or end the season with no relegation and promotion.

“Personally, I hope the league has the opportunity to be completed in full,” said Donawa. “Hopefully by the end of the month we’ll know exactly what’s going to happen.”

The issue escalated after the National League's £10 million share of the British Government’s winter survival package reached its three-month expiry, with clubs given the choice of accessing individual loans, sharing a central loan or suspending the campaign altogether.

The decision to make any future funding in the form of loans rather than grants angered many clubs across the National League’s three divisions, leaving the continuation of the North and South seasons in grave doubt.

Meanwhile, Donawa has been in and out of Solihull’s squad lately and was an unused substitute in the club’s previous league outing away to Hartlepool United last week.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of such a competitive team,” the Bermuda forward added. “Everyone is fighting for positions so getting in and around the game day squad is always positive.

“As a group, however, it’s been tough to get in a good groove given everything going on with Covid. Also, the weather around this time of year doesn’t necessarily help in regards to the state of pitches.

“Nonetheless, we’re doing everything possible to make sure we pick up as many points as possible and move up in the table as the second half of the season progresses.”

Solihull were due to host Barnet in the league yesterday. However, the fixture was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Donawa and his team-mates are now scheduled to travel to the Recreation Ground to face Aldershot Town in the league tomorrow.

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Published February 15, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated February 14, 2021 at 10:32 pm)

Donawa hopeful of concluding National League campaign

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