Team mourns loss of mentor, manager

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THE Tabadamu 7s team and its club suffered a major blow after their team manager Leo Naikasau suddenly collapsed during the first pool match against Army Green during the 33rd Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s yesterday and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Nadi hospital.

Naikasau was on the sideline for the fixture when he suffered a heart attack.

He was rushed by the medics to the Nadi hospital but did not survive.

Naikasau was the elder brother of former Fiji 7s captain Setefano Cakau and both of them established the Tabadamu Club.

Tabadamu team co-manager Pio Raisele said Naikasau had done a lot for the team.

“He had great vision for the club and always looked after the welfare of the players,” Raisele said.

“It is a sad day for us and we mourn his loss.”

Tabadamu topped Pool 11 recording three impressive victories.

A minute silence was observed before the elimination match between Tabadamu and Uluinakau in his memory last evening.

The side defeated Army Green 31-12, Bau 40-7 and Tovolea 38-0 to gain entry to the eliminations.

The Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament will continue today with the cup final expected in the afternoon.

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