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Formed In 1960, Press FC Still Going Strong

Vodafone National Club Championship 2016 winners Press FC have contributed a lot to the development of football in the country. For almost five decades the Oceania Waters sponsored club have
14 Dec 2016 12:21
Formed In 1960, Press FC Still Going Strong
Vodafone National Club Championship 2016 winners Press FC team. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Vodafone National Club Championship 2016 winners Press FC have contributed a lot to the development of football in the country.

For almost five decades the Oceania Waters sponsored club have nurtured many of the country’s football stars.

“Our club have produced many star players not only today but right from the 1960s,” said club secretary Jarus Reuben.

Speaking to SUNsports, Reuben said many of these players have become household names and are still remembered today.

“We produced star players like Nicholas Rounds, Gopal Krishna and John Krishna,” he said.

The Press Football Club was formed in 1960 and has been competing in the Lautoka Football Association league competition ever since. The club has qualified for the NCC numerous times.

Reuben said this year was the first time they had reached the final and won the championship.

“Back in 1985 we lost in the semifinals and that was the closer we got to the NCC title. In recent years the club had qualified for the NCC as they were undefeated in the Lautoka competition for the past four consecutive years,” he said.

Former player and captain of the 1972 Press FC, Hanif Sahib says, the NCC victory was something he had longed for when he played for the team.

“I played for the club from 1972 and were undefeated for nine years however this was a milestone which our young team achieved which we had hoped for during our time,” he said.

Another former Press FC player, Shalen Gopal said the interest in the NCC had declined over the years.  Reuben said the club hosted a party after the NCC victory.

“We had a small team party. The prize money of $4500 will be equally divided amongst the 18 players and veteran player, Peni Finau also attended the party.”

Reuben added that the club is now looking for new players to join their development squad.

“We are now looking for new players from high schools and right now five young boys have been injected into the team,” he said.

Reuben added that they are now working towards their title defence.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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