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Koi Ready For Legends Reunion

Koi Ready For Legends Reunion
Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf and Fiji football legend George Koi at the Fiji FA Headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva. Photo: Fiji FA Media
October 05
11:00 2017

Former Fijian football captain George Koi is excited to meet-up with some of his teammates during the Courts Interdistrict Championship in Lautoka.

The Fiji Football Association will honour our football legends of 1977 who beat Australia 1-0. The players will be special guests during the Fiji FA Congress on Friday, October 13, and also at the semifinals and final of the Courts IDC.

Koi who captained the team said, he was excited and waiting for the day to come.

“This is the best thing that has ever happened, 40 years is a long time, I don’t say they should have done it earlier but I’m grateful to Fiji FA and its new chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf.”

Koi said he was really happy to hear the news of a reunion.

“I can’t wait to meet some of my teammates and share our days once again after so many years.”

Koi said the function has rejuvenated them to come back and contribute to football.

“It’s like a reunion for me, reunion to see my old friends again. I’m ever thankful to Fiji FA for organising such a function to honour the former players.”

The goal was scored by Jim Okete which put Fiji football on the world map. Two weeks later Koi was invited by television networks in Australia for a live show and talk about the match.

The former Suva and Rewa rep said he has seen a lot of criticism on social media and urged people to stop doing that.

“People who have not played football will always criticise because they don’t know anything about football. They should appreciate the hard work and effort the players and officials do to move football forward,”

Koi reminded the players to play for pride during the Courts IDC.

“During our time we were playing for pride and from the first whistle, our mind would say we are playing to win because we would take our own time to train.

“We had so much pride for our district and country that we used to run from Suva to Nasinu and keep our self-fit even though we were not paid to play but we were passionate about football.”

The Legends who help put Fiji Football on the world map are: George Koi (Rewa), Jimmy Okete (Rewa),Vula Wate (Rewa), Anand Sami (Labasa),  Late Joasaia Tubuna (Lautoka), Late Akariva Rasumu (Nadi), Hussein Saheb (Labasa), John Grey (Suva), Madhavan (Tailevu/Naitasiri), Tevita Delana (Rewa), Savenaca Waqa (Nadi), Dewan Chand (Tailevu/Naitasiri), Mukesh Chand (Suva), Michael Tuilawa (Lautoka), Mun Lal (Suva) and John Monday (Lautoka).

Officials- president: Late Manikam Pillay, secretary Younas Haniif now in New Zealand, coach John Lal (Sydney), manager Late Moti Musadilal and director Late Chandar Dip Sharma.

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