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The Fiji Football Association is saddened with the sudden passing away of our very humble technical director Farouk “Janeman” Bamji.#Janeman passed away last Friday September 27, 2013 and was buried at the Yalalevu cemetery in Ba at 5pm the next afternoon. #The news of his sudden death came as a shock to the whole football family knowing that we had lost a great son. #A fortnight ago Janeman, myself and Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar attended the FIFA/Oceania Football Confederation Seminar in Auckland, New Zealand. #He was a keen participant at the seminar knowing that this was an ideal opportunity to bring back wealth of knowledge to assist in the development of football. #I appointed him as the Fiji FA technical director in 2011.He was a legend by all means. As a player and later as a coach he has contributed a lot to football. He had a wealth of knowledge which Fiji FA wanted to utilise #for the further development of football in the country but it was sad to learn that he is no longer with us. Janeman is someone who is irreplaceable.#He featured for the Ba side in 1970’s as a young 17-year old and went on to represent the Fiji senior national side 11 years. #Some of the achievements in his colourful career included winning the IDC title on nine occasions.#He spearheaded Ba’s successful campaign at the 1976 Inter District Championship. Scoring the lone goal for Ba against Suva to win the 1977 IDC. #A year later scored the decisive goal as Ba defeated Labasa in the 1978 IDC. Following his retirement he took up coaching and also coached his home district Ba in 2010. #He was appointed as a development officer by Fiji Football Association and worked with various age group and grassroots programmes during his 14 year service to the national football body. #The 60-year old created history with the Fiji Women’s football side which won their first ever Pacific Games medal in 2007. #In 2008 he guided the Fiji Under 12 side to a 24th place finish in Danone Cup played in France. #Earlier this year he worked on the inaugural Girls Secondary schools Under 16 league. #Janeman was a champion and a legend by all means. Our prayers are with his family and we would look to assist them in any way possible. #Janeman had a vision to see Fiji play at a FIFA World Cup event. He will be forever in our hearts and we will try our best to work towards his vision.#Rest in Peace …… # Fiji FA MEDIA#

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