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Football Fraternity Mourns The Death Of Legendary Captain – George Koi

The man who captained our national football team to beat Australia 1-0 for the first time in 1977, is no longer with us. Legendary footballer George Koi, 72, died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on Sunday.
18 Jan 2022 12:00
Football Fraternity Mourns The Death Of Legendary Captain – George Koi
From left: Hussein Sahib, George Koi, Anand Sami, John Monday during a Fiji Football Association event. Source: Fiji FA Media

The man who captained our national football team to beat Australia 1-0 for the first time in 1977, is no longer with us.

Legendary footballer George Koi, 72, died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on Sunday.

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel said the country’s entire football family is saddened by the news of Koi’s death.

 

“It’s a huge loss,” Patel said.

“Koi had been a great footballer and an inspirational leader of his time.

“He was a very passionate footballer and always supported the development of football in the country. I convey my heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to his grieving family.”

 

Former Fiji FA secretary Bobby Tikaram said, this is a sad moment for the country’s football fraternity.

“A tall, skilful and talented player.”

“He had neat footwork and calm under all sorts of pressure was his trademark,” Tikaram said.

“His military background was attributed to his discipline and great leadership both on and off the pitch.”

 

Former national football skipper Abdul Mannan said, Koi was an inspirational leader.

Koi was inducted into Fiji FA’s Legend’s Club in 2017.

 

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