Help For Former Nadroga Football Stars

It is very interesting to note that former reps are not forgotten when they played for their district with huge pride,
04 Jun 2021 16:00
Help For Former Nadroga Football Stars
Former Nadroga football reps and official (from left) Ramesh Sharma, John Rounds, Seva Sharma, Jone Naqiri, Sevuloni Tasere, Emosi Watkins in Sigatoka. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A former Nadroga football rep stepped up to assist former team-mates from the district’s golden era by supplying food relief packages during this COVID-19 pandemic time.

Nilesh Kumar, who is a businessman based- in Melbourne, Australia came forward to answer an SOS call to assist the former players.

Former Nadroga Football Association secretary Ramesh Sharma co-ordinated the event at the Sigatoka Club.

He praised Kumar for not forgetting the former reps from the days they dominated all football competition in the country.

“We are living in hard times and this fine gesture will assist the former players,” Sharma said.

The former players include, John Rounds, Emosi Watkins, Sevuloni Tasere, Jone Naqiri and Radike Nawalu to name a few.

Sharma added that families of late players like Jese Morgan, Ilikimi Tulalevu and Mesulame Titifanua were also remembered during the distribution.

“These groups of players do belong to these glory days and they might have been forgotten but we have not forgotten them,” added Sharma.

Former Fiji and Nadroga striker Radike Nawalu received his pack and thanked Kumar for the splendid gesture.

“It is very interesting to note that former reps are not forgotten when they played for their district with huge pride,” he said.

Furthermore, the donor Kumar started his football at the Namata Primary School.

He later represented Nadroga in the age group from Under-15 right up to the Nadroga Youths in 1997. He played for Nadroga and Nadi as well.

He was taken to Australia to play in international tournament by Mr Mobile director, Nick Sharma, who later extended his visa to four years to play in his club Nadro in the Sydney comeptition.

Kumar played State League in Sydney before he moved to Melbourne where he played alongside Esala Masi.

He later coached teams in the State League and now runs his taxi and trucking business.

Kumar has assisted the Nadroga FA financially during the 2020 season whilst in the senior division.



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