Former Fiji national team captain George Koi was impressed with standard of football displayed during the 2017 Courts Inter District Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
Koi, captained the Fiji team against Socceroo’s when Fiji defeated Socceroo’s 1-0 in 1977 at Burkhust Park.
He and some of his teammates were invited and honored as special quest during the Courts IDC.
An emotional Koi thanked everyone for coming out in numbers to support football.
“What excited us today is the players we have seen and the game has execrated and has moved up the paddle and that’s the best news I can share, “Koi said.
“Today is a wonderful day as we could see some top style soccer has been played and seeing this teams playing I couldn’t believe my eyes that we are moving up paddle and forward.”
He thanked the Fiji Football officials for the wonderful job done.
“I thank the Fiji Football officials for the wonderful work they doing in developing football in the country.”
“I just want to let you know that soccer is one of the biggest game in the world apart from rugby, Fiji is nation, a nation of its own and Fiji has created history in many other sports.
The former Rewa and Suva rep said we need the support of every Fijian for the development of football.
“Let me tell you we need to support our young generation, our young stars, when they play sports lets encourage them. Let’s tell them do it and they can do it.”
“With our support as parents and guardians let’s encourage them. With our support and proper guidance they will prosper, “Koi said.
He said they had seen it 40 years ago when Ba team was preparing to go for a tour, they had some top players and they did without them.
“I was privilege to help these young bothers of mine and comrades who brought victory and elevated Fiji in the world map of soccer,”
Accompanying him as special quests were Mun Lal, Anand Sami, John Monday, John Grey, Jimmy Okete,Hussein Saheb and coach John Lal’s daughter Kathy Lal.