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Chetty's passion for Fiji football still strong

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, October 13, 2017

PERTH-BASED former Fiji, Suva and Lautoka rep Krishna Chetty has so much passion for football that it has driven him to travel to Fiji for the past four years to attend the local tournaments.

Krishna not only loves watching the game but has a passion for photography.

The 70-year-old has a large galley of photos some of which dates back to the early 1930s.

Football runs in Krishna's family. His father Subarmani who was born in Nausori and resided in Topline, Lautoka, was the first Fiji senior team captain.

According to Krishna, his dad captained Fiji for nine years.

"My father started with the Service Club in 1932," Krishna said.

"He represented Lautoka for 18 years in succession and was the first captain of Fiji and led the team for nine years.

"When I was playing for Suva, my dad and my sister were cheering for Lautoka. Once I pushed Augustin Thoman who was his best mate.

"That was Augustin's last game. My dad came to our change room at half-time and warned me. The Suva players many of whom were surprised asked me who he was and I said he was my dad, the biggest supporter of Lautoka football.

"They all laughed. After the game he called all the players and bought beer and a bottle of rum. That's the kind of guy he was."

Subarmani passed away in 1990 at the age of 76 years.

Krishna represented Lautoka in 1964 and 1965. The Blues won the Inter District Championship title in both years.

Krishna celebrated his 70th birthday three weeks ago.

He is in the country to attend the inaugural Lautoka football ex-players reunion which will be held in the Sugar City today.

Krishna said the reunion was a good concept.

"I hope the other districts do that as well," he said.

"The old players have done so much for football in the country. It is about time that their efforts are being recognised. I'm glad that some former Lautoka players decided to get together and organise this reunion."

Former reps such as Naga Sanjivi, Vilitali Lee, Arjun Gopal, Onnie Wong, Ranga Muthu, Pastor John Ankaiya, Ganesh Kumar, David Achu and HY Sue have been named as the guest of honour for the event.

The program will start with a march at 9am from Namoli Village church through to Churchill Park for the opening ceremony.

Lautoka Australia Masters, Lautoka New Zealand Masters, Lautoka Suva Masters, Lautoka Legends and Lautoka America/Canada Combine will play exhibition matches.

Entry at Churchill Park is free and members of the public are invited to meet and greet the former players.

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