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Legends celebrate soccer anniversary

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, June 09, 2014

IT was a sweet and bitter evening as the Legends Football Club celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Grand Melanesian Hotel in Nadi on Saturday.

The joy was for the clubs' existence for a decade and the birthdays of two of its members Inosi Tora and Steve Ravoka.

The sadness was the announcement of the migration of one of its co-founders Mahendra Singh to Australia.

Singh a former FIFA referee founded the club with the help of Roland Mar, Vilikesa Driu, Peter Dean and the late Leone Rakoroi.

Over the years the club has hosted a few veterans tournaments, travelled to other districts for matches and also made a trip to New Zealand.

The club has done a lot of charity work and has visited many former national and district reps in times of need.

"With the support of the boys we have achieved a lot," Mar said.

"We started with just a handful of us just to keep the unity among the former players. The focus was to try to get the veterans from the other districts to play together.

"We reached out to Lautoka and played against them. We did the travelling initially to Nadroga, Suva and also made a trip to New Zealand in 2006."

Mar represented Levuka and Nadi in the late 1970s and 1980s.

He said to replace a person such as Mahendra would be a difficult task.

"Mahendra has been the backbone of the club with his wisdom and vision," Mar said.

"He has been on the football field for many years. We are very sad that he is leaving but soccer is in his blood and he will always be part of us."

The Legends FC will start their internal tour soon and have been invited to play in Levuka and Savusavu.

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