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Former Blues rep hails Prasad

Arin Kumar
Sunday, January 05, 2014

FORMER national rep Vishwa Nair believes Shalendra Prasad's resignation is a big loss for Lautoka soccer.

Nair, who is also a former Lautoka and Ba district rep, told Times Sport from Brisbane, Australia, that Prasad's departure will hinder the consistency and development plans of the Lautoka Football Association (LFA).

He said during his playing days in Fiji, presidents used to change more often.

"During my playing days from 1990s to 2002, we use to have three to four presidents in a calendar year," the renowned midfielder said.

"Presidents used to leave when the team was losing but if you look at Ba soccer, its presidency didn't change when Ba didn't win tournaments.

"Instead, the sponsors, fans and players rallied and supported the presidents and now look where Ba is."

The 42-year-old commended Prasad for his work and hopes LFA will appoint someone who is capable of doing the job tactfully.

"Shalendra has contributed a lot to Lautoka soccer through his business to the players and to the community of Lautoka, business houses and I as a former player believe he deserves a fitting farewell.

"His record speaks for itself as he is a hard worker and was rewarded for being Administrator of the Year for two years, the team has basically won all titles under him except the Battle of the Giants.

"I think he deserves a crack at the Fiji Football Association president's job one day.

"He has a vast experience and knowledge that he has gained over the years.

"He is one of the longest serving presidents to have come out of Lautoka and it will take a lot of effort to put in the hard work that he had put in.

"I only hope the presidency is passed to someone capable of doing the job tactfully but if he can be persuaded to come back and lead the district again, it will be good in terms of experience and knowledge of the game because of the contacts that he has built."

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