THE late Simon Peters' name is registered in the number 10 section of the Labasa squad list for the Classic Suva Masters Championship next month.
It's interesting how the former soldier's teammates are getting together to pay tribute to the fallen Fiji football icon.
"Playing football with your feet is one thing and playing with your heart is another," Labasa Masters founder and team director Atulesh Prasad said yesterday. "It is important as legends never die, they live in your hearts."
Prasad praised the organisers for hosting the tournament.
"This gives us the chance to pay tribute to our former heroes and heroes like Peters, who are gone but never forgotten."
Peters' former mates — Petero Namoce, Taniela Tuilevuka, Jope Lomu, Usenio Logaivau, Nete Francis, double international Tevita Tukania, Solomone Catarogo, Henry Dyer, Waisale Rasoki, Solomone Seruiratu, Gyanendra Kumar and Sakiusa Narara — will be part of the Lions over-40 squad. Most of these players were part of Labasa's historic 1992 first-ever IDC winning team.
"I know these players and have played with them and they perform better when they play with their hearts. This will be an emotional tournament for us and for the Peters family," Prasad said.
The Mighty Lions, as the Labasa overs 40s will be known, have had support from Ayaan Security Services.
"I'd like to thank the manager operations Riyad Ali for paying our entry fee of $650," Prasad said. "A big thank you as well to Suilven Shipping and Van Med Labs."
The tournament, an international event, will be held over October 24-26 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.