Fiji FA mourns former captain’s death, will misses him
31 March, 2018, 12:00 am
FIJI Football Association is saddened by the death of its former captain and dual international Pita Dau.
Dau is best remembered for his role the Fiji football team defeated Australia 1-0 during the World Cup qualifying rounds at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park in 1988.
He was also the captain of the Lautroka football team that lifted the IDC in the 80s and has contributed immensely in the development of the sport.
Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said Fiji FA had lost a great captain and a talented sportsman.
He said Dau was one of the best midfielders produced in the country and always led by example.
“He is one of the greatest football players ever to represent the country,” said Yusuf.
“His untimely death is a huge shock to the football fraternity and he will be greatly missed.
“He was the captain of the Fiji team that defeated the Socceroos in the World Cup qualifying rounds at Nadi and he was one of the star players in that game.
“In that same year he also represented Fiji in rugby and was one of the talented players I’ve ever come across.
“Fiji FA had planned to honour Dau and his 1988 teammates that defeated Australia at this year’s IDC, unfortunately Dau won’t be there to join his former teammates.”
Yusuf said the Fiji FA would send a delegation for the ireguregu and has sent its condolence to the family.
Meanwhile, former Lautoka football president Shalendra Prasad also sent his condolence to the Dau family for the huge loss.
“He is a football legend and one of the finest players produced by Lautoka,” said Prasad.
“It was a shocking news and we have lost a great player.
Dau not only played football he also played rugby for Fiji and even after his playing days he always took time out to help young players.
“He will be sadly missed.”