Football

I’m Ready To Assist: Evans

“During my time the technology wasn’t there like it is today. There are videos of games and of players to watch. But we were dedicated. “Maybe we have to teach them to be dedicated to the sport like rugby players overseas.
10 Oct 2019 14:46
I’m Ready To Assist: Evans
Former Vancouver Whitecaps and Fiji football wizard Ivor Evans with former team-mate Henry Dyer at the Courts IDC at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on October 8, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Former Vancouver Whitecaps and Fiji Football wizard Ivor Evans is ready to help grow the game in the country.

He is in the country to witness the 81st edition of the Courts Inter-District Championship currently underway at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

He agrees with the steps taken by Fiji Football Association to venture to the semi-professional league.

“I wish I can come back and teach what I have gained overseas,” he said.

“Hopefully, I can meet with the Fiji FA officials and discuss what can be done to make changes.

“I want to come and give back something to the community.

“During my time the technology wasn’t there like it is today. There are videos of games and of players to watch. But we were dedicated. “Maybe we have to teach them to be dedicated to the sport like rugby players overseas.

“It is time to go professional. We can set-up clubs and run it as a business.”

Evans became Fiji’s first player to be contracted in Canada in the 1980s.

“I’m back in the country after 30 years. But I think there should have been a lot of progress that we could have had.

“I think back to the 1980s it was much higher than what I see now. Because I could name 10 best players from different districts who were the best,” he added.

“Now I only know Roy Krishna other than that I do not see that anybody that can make things happen.

“In my time we had Meli Delai,  Ravuama Madigi, Kelemedi Vosuga ‘Cheetah’, Henry Dyer and Rusiate Waqan.”

Evans started his career in Labasa and played for Ba. In 1987, he moved to Canada.

Next he was selected by Vancouver 86ers in an open trial. He has been playing during his career for Vancouver 86ers, in Canadian Soccer League, in American Professional Soccer League and in the A-League from 1987 to 1997.

He played 221 matches and scored 47 goal for Vancouver 86ers.

Edited by Osea Bola

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