THE Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel, its board members and the entire football fraternity is in mourning.
The entire fraternity is saddened to learn the death of former national team captain and a dual international Pita Dau.
Dau died on the early hours of March 30.
He is believed to be one of the few sportsmen in the country who have donned both the soccer and rugby national jumpers at the same time during his sporting career.
The highlight of his career was in 1988 when winning the first Melanesian Cup during his first captaincy role in the national team beating the host Solomon Islands 3-1.
Captaining Fiji during the 1-0 win against Australia in the World Cup qualifier at Prince Charles Park in Nadi in the same year was an icing on the cake.
Patel acknowledged the supreme contribution by Dau in the football arena.
“It’s a huge loss. He had been a great footballer and an inspirational leader of his time.
“I convey my heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolence to the grieving family and I pray to the Almighty that his soul rests in peace.”
Dau played for Lautoka from 1982 to 1995.
He was part of the Fiji team that defeated a touring Queensland team.
While representing the Fiji football team, Dau also wore the national rugby jumper from 1989 to 1993 as he continued playing the two sports for the Lautoka district side.