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Celebrate Our Diversity: Bala

We must continue to celebrate our diversity and the unique flavours that it brings to Fiji.
18 Aug 2022 09:30
Celebrate Our Diversity: Bala
New Zealand Masters football team at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on August 17, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

We must continue to cel­ebrate our diversity and the unique flavours that it brings to Fiji.

The comment was made by the Minister for Employment, Produc­tivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar Bala during the official opening of FANCA Nations World Cup Fiji 2022 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, yesterday.

The biennial event, this year marks the silver Jubilee celebra­tions bringing together the Mus­lim community here in Fiji and their friends and family members who live abroad.

The FANCA Federation includes Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Can­ada and the United States of Amer­ica – those countries to which most have migrated in the past so many decades.


“In Fiji, we have often referred to the phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’ to celebrate the different communi­ties that make up Fiji as a multira­cial and multi-faith nation,” Bala said.

“I am happy to note that the Fiji Muslim Sports Association and FANCA have continued to work closely to celebrate their unique contributions to Fiji as a nation, and to Fiji as a nation of diverse communities living in harmony.

“I know that the sporting teams have prepared hard for this event. This is a very prestigious set of sporting events, and especially so during the 25th anniversary of FANCA.

“I know that all of you will play hard and be competitive, but also play fair and in the spirit of the so­cial coming together behind these events.”

Bala also acknowledged the pio­neers of FANCA and those who have kept the organisation going since then.

“My sincere congratulations for achieving and now celebrating your Silver Jubilee or 25th anni­versary in the grand style that it deserves.”

Meanwhile, for the first time, the Federation has inducted certain personal to their Hall of Fame and Legends:


  1. Late Hafiz-Ud-Dean Khan (Fiji)
  2. Late Azad Khan (Canada)
  3. Peter Nizamuddin (Fiji/Nadi)
  4. Abdul Nasir (Canada)


  1. Haji Sameer Ali
  2. Autumn Abdul
  3. Gulzaman Khan
  4. Aslam Khan
  5. Mohammed Koya
  6. Azam Khan
  7. Rizwan Wasim
  8. Haji Sikandar Khan
  9. Tabrez Khan
  10. Zamir Khan
  11. Mohammed Sattar
  12. Mohammed Yusuf


Day 1: Legends: Australia 2– 1 USA, Fiji 0–1 Canada; Masters Australia – USA, Fiji 0– 0 New Zea­land


12pm Legends: Fiji v Australia, Canada v USA; 1.15pm Veterans: USA v Australia, Canada v New Zealand; 2.30pm Main: Canada v USA; 3.45pm Masters: USA v New Zealand, Fiji v Australia; 5pm Leg­ends: Fiji v New Zealand; 6.30pm Veterans: Fiji v New Zealand; 7.45pm Main: Fiji v New Zealand; 9pm Main: Canada v Australia

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