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So long, Mr Raman

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said Raman would be missed by the football family in Fiji.#“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family who will have to go through this difficult phase,” Patel said.#“We have lost a great man today. One who had football in his heart and football was his life. He immensely contributed towards the development of football in Fiji and leaves behind a legacy which many of us would only dream of fulfilling.”#Patel said Raman was a former FIFA referee and officiated in the first Oceania Cup tournament in 1973 during the match between New Zealand and Tahiti which ended in a 1-1 draw at Newmarket Grounds in Auckland New Zealand. Raman was born in Nadi and studied at Nadi Sangam Primary School and attended Shri Vivekanand High School. He played for Nadi team during 1950s and 1960s.#He started his refereeing career in 1960 and was appointed as Fiji Football Referees president from 1968 to 1978. Raman was also a national team selector with Loga Nadan and Shiu Ramlu.#He was appointed Life Member of Nadi Football Association in 1970 and was appointed as life member of Fiji Referees Association in 1978 and served on numerous FFA committees in 1970s. #Not only was him his son Radha Krishna played for Nadi and national team in 1980s. #He was also the manager of Sangam Sarda Printing Press for almost three decades. Former referee Hari Raj Naicker had the privilege of working under his presidency as secretary,#Avikash Chand#Fiji FA Media#

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