Volunteer To CEO, Football Farewell Bob Sant Kumar
Everything comes to an end.
Yesterday was Bob Sant Kumar’s last day as Fiji Football Association’s chief executive officer.
A remarkable career of service to the people of Fiji both as a civil servant and a sports administrator from a man who started as a volunteer in 1987 to chief executive officer in 2003.
Leaders always talk about service delivery for organisations to profit and prosper.
And they should learn from the selfless, untiring, commitment and effort of the 73-year-old man who was born and bred in Suva with a heart for the people and his country.
The reflection of his hard work during his 14 years at the helm of Fiji Football can be seen around the country today.
Funded by world governing body FIFA, the setting up of academies in Suva, Ba and Labasa later this month, and the new Football House in Vatuwaqa are a testament of his plan for the betterment of the sport.
Fiji’s participation at the FIFA U20 World Cup and Rio Olympics last year was an indication of the plans and programmes in place
German poet/philosopher Gother once said: “ It matters little where we are going but in which direction are we heading.”
Fiji Football is definitely heading into the right direction and in good financial shape.
While the main source of revenue in the past was derived from the Battle of the Giants, FACT, Inter-District Championship tournaments, Fiji FA is now thriving under the support from the conglomerate of sponsors led by Vodafone.
Kumar said; “When we first started out it was a struggle because we did not have the resources that we have now. But Fiji FA is looking really good now and taking football to another level. I’m happy to have been part of the build-up of the association.”
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said: “Bob has served diligently and he will still be associated with Fiji Football on a consultant role. He still has got some more years in him, people would like to relax and kick-back and spend time with their family and that is something we would love to see him do.”
Welcome Back Yusuf
Mohammed Yusuf replaces Kumar who served Fiji FA for more than 25 years as administrator, secretary and then as the association’s CEO.
Yusuf is a former Nadroga Football Association president and also served as Fiji FA vice-president and senior vice-president from 1990 to 2007.
He had been in senior supervisory roles with Lufthanasa Service Group based in Auckland Airport and had been Fiji FA’s international liaison executive playing a leading role in the Fiji-affiliated veterans tournament and Pacific Cup.
He was also involved in the Fiji Sugar Corporation for 29 years from 1978. He led Nadroga to their Inter-District Championship win after 50 years in 1998.
He was also the national team director, FIFA match commissioner and in 2008 he was also awarded the FIFA Order of Merit for his contribution to football development in the Pacific region.
Fiji FA is in good hands. All thanks to the hardworking team led by Bob Sant Kumar. Enjoy your timeout Bob.