Former Fijian football captain George Koi is excited to meet-up some of his teammates during the Courts Inter District Championship in Lautoka.
Fiji Football Association will honor our football legends of 1977 who beat Australia 1-0.The players will be special quests during the Fiji FA Congress on Friday October 13 and semi-finals and finals of the Courts IDC.
Koi who captained the team said he was so excited and waiting for the day to come,
‘This is the best thing that has ever happened, 40 years is long time, I don’t say they should have done it earlier but I am grateful to Fiji FA and its new chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf,”
Koi said he was really happy to hear the news of a reunion.
“I can’t wait to meet some of my teammates and share our days once again after so many years,”
Koi said the function had rejuvenated them to come back and contribute to football.
“It’s like a reunion to me, reunion to see my old friends again I’m ever thankful to Fiji FA for organising such a function to honor former players.”
Koi was the captain of the Fiji football team when they defeated Australia 1-0 in friendly match at Burkhust Park in Suva in 1977.
The goal was scored by Jim Okete which put Fiji football on world map. Two weeks later Koi was invited by the television network Australia to go live on TV to talk about the match.
The former Suva and Rewa rep said he had seen a lot of criticism on social media and urged people to stop doing that.
“People who have not played football will always criticize because they don’t know anything about football. They should appreciate the hardwork and effort the players and officials do to move the football forward,”
Koi reminded the players to play for pride during the Courts IDC.
“During our time we were playing for pride and from the first whistle, our mind would say we are playing to win because we would take our won time to train.”
“We had so much pride for our district and country that we used to run from Suva to Nasinu and keep our self-fit even though we were not paid to play but we were passionate about football.”
The legends who put Fiji Football on the world map were as follows: President Late Manikam Pillay, Secretary Younas Haniif now in New Zealand, Coach John Lal (Sydney), manager Late Moti Musadilal and Director Late Chandar Dip Sharma.
Players were as follow: George Koi (Rewa), Jimmy Okete (Rewa),Vula Wate (Rewa),Anand Sami (Labasa) Late Joasaia Tubuna (Lautoka),Late Akariva Rasumu (Nadi),
Hussein Saheb (Labasa), John Grey (Suva),Madhavan (Tailevu Naitasiri),Tevita Delana (Rewa), Savenaca Waqa (Nadi),Dewan Chand (Tailevu Naitasiri),Mukesh Chand (Suva),Michael Tuilawa (Lautoka), Mun Lal (Suva) and John Monday (Lautoka.