Football

‘We Bid Farewell To Prasad’

Prasad was an Oxford University graduate and a career high school teacher, he later worked for Qantas airlines and Air Terminal Service (ATS) and lived in Qeleloa, Nadi all his life.
10 Feb 2021 14:10
‘We Bid Farewell To Prasad’
Bijay Prasad

He was 81-years-old. Bijay served the district between 1974-1982, and under his leadership the district won the inaugural Battle of the Giants in 1978, over Ba at Govind Park and against the same in 1980 and winning the 1978, 1980 and 1981 National League championships.

Prior to the spell, he was the manager for the 1969 and 1971 team, periods that saw the district win the Inter District Championship Nadi (IDC), making him the most successful president in the history of Nadi football. Mohammed Sattar, the Fiji FA, life member and district secretary during Prasad’s tenure remembers the former president as a levelheaded who loved football and had the district at heart.

“Prasad was a great president and even better human being, who the players and management adored and respected”, said Sattar.

Prasad through his Australian football contact talked into bringing former Captain Socceroo, Johnny Warren to coach the district for the 1974-1975 football season. He accommodated Johnny Warren during his stay in Nadi.

“Prasad’s professionalism, had him convince Johnny to come to Fiji and coach Nadi”, said the former secretary.

“Johnny was the technical director of the 1974 IDC winning team, later becoming the coach.

“Prasad was a proud man as under his first year of presidency Nadi beat Tailevu Naitasiri 1-0 at the Prince Charles Park for the championship”.

Sattar said Prasad success was on the back of his strong ethics and beliefs on discipline and he expected the very best out of the management and the footballers.

“He (Prasad) didn’t care about the status of a footballer and management, wrongdoers saw it coming, suspension or reprimand”.

“Former coach, late Mani Naicker had a disagreement ahead of the 1980 BOG, he was immediately relieved of his duties. Prasad was a stand-in coach for the tournament”.

Prasad was an Oxford University graduate and a career high school teacher, he later worked for Qantas airlines and Air Terminal Service (ATS) and lived in Qeleloa, Nadi all his life.

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