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Kewell To Attend Fiji FA Awards

While the venue for the event is yet to be confirmed, Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said it was likely to be held in Suva this year.
25 Feb 2020 08:55
Kewell To Attend Fiji FA Awards
Harry Kewell.

Former Socceroos and Liverpool attacking midfielder Harry Kewell will be the chief guest at the Fiji Football Association 2019 annual awards night on March 14, it was confirmed yesterday.

While the venue for the event is yet to be confirmed, Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said it was likely to be held in Suva this year.

He made the announcement at the R.C. Manubhai headquarters in Ba.

“Last year, we had Mikael Silvestre and this year we proudly confirmed that Harry Kewell will be the chief guest for the award’s night that will be held in Suva on the 14th of March,” Patel said.

“FIFA has accepted our request and everything, and Harry also accepted our request.”

Kewell is in the pool of legends of FIFA’s Legends Programme, similar to Silvestre.

Patel said that former English and Liverpool Michael Owen, who was supposed to be chief guest, had opted out due to his busy schedule.

He added that government dignitaries were expected to join the function.

WHO IS KEWELL?

Harry Kewell is an Australian football coach and former player who was most recently the manager of English club Notts County.

Kewell played for Leeds United, Liverpool, Galatasaray, Melbourne Victory, Galatasaray, and Melbourne Heart.

While at Leeds United he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2000.

Internationally he has received 58 caps and scored 17 goals, while playing for the Australian national team.

AWARDS

The Vodafone Popular Footballer of the Year will be announced at the event, which will be contested by Akuila Mateisuva (Labasa), Siotama Kubu, Litia Bakaniceva, Jeshal Kumar (Nadi) and Filipe Baravilala.

“Winners will be determined by the votes via text promotion, and the fans that follow them, if they can.

“Please join in for the Most Popular Footballer for the Year contest,” Patel said.

“And for a table of 10, the tickets will be $1000. And because it’s a constraint of space so please buy tickets early and if you want to get in and you’ll be able to mingle around with Harry Kewell.”

The Women’s Coach of the Year award will be introduced for the first time.

Patel said: “It has always been the men’s coach of the year before but now we have categorising it to the woman’s coach of the Year..

“Over the years we have the women’s football with the same wavelength of the men.

I have said again, they might be the first to reach the FIFA World Cup compared to the men.”

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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