Football

Veterans To Reunite At 2021 Tournament

“The main objective was to gather the ex-players from the districts who have now retired to come together for a couple of days, to enjoy football and for a reunion.
03 Mar 2021 15:04
Veterans To Reunite  At 2021 Tournament
Fiji FA CEO (middle) holds the trophy with RC Manubhai manager marketing, Atish Lal, (left) and APCO Coatings sales manager, Imraaz Koya, with veteran reps from the districts at the Fiji FA headqusrters, VAtuwaqa on AMrch 2, 2021. Photo: Fiji FA

The RC Manubhai/APCO Coatings veteran’s tournament will be a reunion for most former district players.

The three-day tournament will be held at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka on March 12-14.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer, Mohammed Yusuf said, playing at this age would also improve a player’s well-being and health.

Fiji FA with its partnership with RC Manubhai and APCO Coatings started the tournament in 2014.

The tournament was not held last year, because of COVID- 19, which will include all local teams this year.

There would be 17 teams participating.

“This event brings smiles to our former district players and players who have aged, gone past 40 years, knowing there is something in store for them,” Yusuf said.

“The main objective was to gather the ex-players from the districts who have now retired to come together for a couple of days, to enjoy football and for a reunion.

“They would be meeting with people that they played with or played against in their district teams in previous years.

“This is part of Fiji FA’s social responsibility that we want to create this competition for the health and well-being of former players.

“We are very grateful that we have two very good sponsors on board. They both continue with their sponsorship, although it has been reduced, both have been hit hard by COVID-19.  ”

Yusuf added that the little profit they have at every tournament does not go into the Fiji FA accounts but rather kept separately.

“We spent more than $2,000 to pay for the educational needs of the ex-players kids.

“And because the players have retired, now maybe a source of income, this is where these funds come in.

The trustees of these funds are former players, Rusiate Waqa, Lote Delai and Subash Chand.

They decide who receives the funds upon request.

“They were able to assist Mesulame Titifanuas’s son education when they held a tournament at Churchill Park. We assisted Tom Valentine’s kids and likewise Taniela in Ba and this will continue,” Yusuf saud.

“And I’m grateful for the veterans players in the South they have formed a group, Southern Veterans and they do their league, week in and week out, from the homes and to enjoy football because it improves their health and well-being.

The winner will get $4,000, while the runner up will receive $1,500.

Fiji FA has already paid $5,000 for the booking.

Only those who are born in 1981 and prior will be eligible to play in the veterans tournament.

Labasa vetarans will also be participating for the first time, with players like the Tukania brothers.

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