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Ba Football Chief Steps Down After 17 Years

Ba Football Association president Rishi Kumar has finally stepped down after 17 years in the position.
03 Apr 2020 11:06
Ba Football Chief Steps Down After 17 Years
Outgoing Ba FA president Rishi Kumar.

Ba Football Association president Rishi Kumar has finally stepped down after 17 years in the position.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they have received Kumar’s letter stating his resignation.

“We got a copy in a letter he sent to Ba FA that he is resigning from April 1,” Yusuf said.

“Ba FA board secretary said that the board will meet soon to discuss the letter and come back to Fiji FA.”

A Ba official said that Kumar resigned from his position citing that he needed to spend quality time with his family and also on his business.

There were also speculations that he could be migrating to New Zealand at the end of the year.

This year Ba FA hired the services of former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert.

The Ba FA annual general meeting will be held in February, 2021.

Under his leadership, Ba represented Fiji for a total of 10 times in the OFC Champions League, including the closest to lift the title in 2007, where they lost to New Zealand’s Waitakere United on away goal rule in the final.

One of his memorable moments during his 17 year reign was in 2005 when Ba defeated Team India 1-0 at Govind Park, Ba.

In 2006, the side stamped their mark to clean sweep all major tournaments in the country. Ba’s last title win was at the 2019 INKK Battle of the Giants (B.O.G).

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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