Find A Job, Nand Tells Reps

Life after football crucial - Joseph Nitya Nand
24 Dec 2020 13:53
Find A Job, Nand Tells Reps
Assistant Minister for Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Joseph Nitya Nand (left), makes a presentation to Semi Matalau, during the Suva Football Association awards night on December 21, 2020. Photo: Sereana Salalo


The late President of the United States John F Kennedy once said that ‘success has a lot of fathers while failure is an orphan.’

The famous words which literally means ‘in prosperity it is very easy to find a friend, but in adversity it is most difficult of all things’ were shared by Assistant Minister for Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Joseph Nitya Nand.

He was the chief guest during the Suva Football Association Awards Night on Monday.

Nand said that football would only be played for a limited time.

And being a former football player and coach, he hopes this generation of players would do better and secure jobs before ending their football.

“While you are on top of your game, please find a job,” Nand said.

“I’ve seen many players who are struggling financially in the community today.

“Football will not carry you long unless you are Roy Krishna, but you can become one.”

When things are going well, it’s easy to find support because you don’t really need it. It’s when things are tough that suddenly your options disappear.

Nand also indicated the importance of acknowledging family support.

“To players and officials, thank you for acknowledging your families, they are our pillar of strength.

“They are the ones who are always being there,”he said.

Nand, who was a former Labasa and Suva rep, was a school teacher.

He also advised players on good sportsmanship, upholding values, respect and always be humble.

“Respect your former coaches and players and always be humble. You are not the first team to win and not the last.

“Many people have donned that jersey and have done well,” he added.


It’s the Boys, Not Me: Babs

Meanwhile, Suva head coach, Babs Khan, was grateful for his family and officials for a great year.

Khan guided the Suva team to two titles win capturing the Vodafone Premier League and Fiji FACT.

Suva has not won any title for the past four years.

“Thank you to the Suva officials for giving me a chance to coach such a wonderful set of boys,” he said.

“It was an honour for me.

“The moment is not about me.  It’s about the boys. And the officials know how to tune things right with the words that they speak.

“And I want to thank my wife here who stays in Nadi, she has been very supportive throughout this journey.”




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