March 15, 2018
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Former Fiji, Suva manager dies

The Fijian football fraternity is mourning the loss of former national and Suva manager Pratap Singh AKA Fatty.

He passed away in Suva on Monday night.

Fiji FA President Rajesh Patel said Singh will be missed by the football family in Fiji and abroad.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family who will have to go through this difficult phase.”

“We have lost a great man who had football at heart. He immensely contributed towards the development of football in Fiji and leaves behind a legacy which many of us would only dream of fulfilling,” said Mr. Patel.

“He was a true son of Fiji Soccer and was an inspirational to many in Fiji and abroad. On behalf Fiji FA Board members and football family I wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

Mr. Singh was the owner of the famous Fatty’s shop which is located opposite the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus.

He managed the Civic Football Club in the 70s and was appointed as the Manager of Suva football team in 1981 and successfully managed the district in winning the Inter District Championship (IDC) titles in 1981 and 1983.

Mr. Singh was appointed the national team manager in 1985 and he served till 1987.

He is survived by his only son, two daughters and grandchildren.

The funeral will take place on Saturday at the Vatuwaqa Cemetery at 1.30pm.

By Reginald Chandar
 

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