Boost for legends

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf (second from left), Vodafone Fiji’s Avichal Prasad (third from left), and members of the Southern Masters Football League in Suva yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

FOOTBALL in the country continues to find new goals, thanks to Fiji Football Association and stakeholders such as Vodafone Fiji.Yesterday the two organisations formalised a local football competition which will involve some of Fiji’s football legends or former players.

Vodafone Fiji yesterday handed-over a $5000 cheque to host the inaugural Southern Masters Football League.

In handing over the cheque, Vodafone’s dealer manager Avichal Prasad said football was the most followed and played sport in the world.

“It is only that the love and passion for the sport that knows no boundaries,” he said.

“This is first official league completion for football enthusiasts in the veterans category.

“The event converges with four teams taking the field and we will see former local footballers putting their best foot forward in the competition.

“Vodafone is always behind the events that branches out more positive ripple effects from our sponsorship. Not only does the competition provide opportunity for the team to engage in their passion for the sport, but to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.”

He said the league would boost participation of players who had “hung their boots.”

“The competition will encourage more teams to come onboard”

Southern Masters League chairman and former Suva and national rep, Intiaz Khan called on former players to join the competition.

“This competition is about the passion and love for the sport.”

The competition will be played by players at the age of 40 and over.

The games will be played at the Pacific Theological College on Saturday. There will be 12 rounds which will end in November.

Fixtures:

Round 1- Suva Combine
Masters FC vs Nasinu Masters FC,
Rewa Veterans FC vs Suva Masters FC
Round 2 – Nasinu Master FC vs Rewa
Veterans FC, Suva B=Masters FC vs
Suva Combine Masters FC.
Round 3: Suva Combine Masters FC
vs Rewa Veterans, Nasinu Masters FC
vs Suva Masters FC.