January 08, 2018
The Fijian football fraternity is mourning the loss of former national goalkeeper Afroz Nabi who passed away yesterday at the Ba Mission Hospital.
He was 35.
Nabi made his debut for Ba while attending Kamil Muslim College in the late 90s and featured strongly for the Fiji U17 and U20 in regional competitions.
He represented Suva and Nadroga and took a break from football after breaking a foot at one of the tournaments.
The highlight of his football career was winning gold with the national team at the 2003 South Pacific Games (SPG) at the National Stadium in Suva.
Fiji FA Chief Executive Mohammed Yusuf says it is a sad day for the football family in the country as they have lost a great goalkeeper whose contribution to the sport was immense.
“It’s a huge loss. He was a great goal keeper of his time and contributed immensely whenever he was given an opportunity to do so. He was a great leader and a good football player. He will surely be missed by those who knew him.”
Yusuf said his thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this difficult time.
"To lose a family member is never easy, and to lose someone with their whole life ahead of them is devastating. As a father myself I can only imagine what Nabi's family are going through. I truly hope our prayers can provide a little comfort for them during this time."
Nabi’s national teammates and former district reps have also posted their eulogies on social media.
Laisiasa Vosalagi who played with Nabi in Suva and the Fiji U20 and U23 teams said he was stunned by the sad news.
In his post on Facebook, Vosalagi shared stories about their good times in camp and how they became friends after being put in the same room.
He also revealed how he was able to persuade Nabi to leave Ba and join Suva while they were in the Fiji U23 camp.
Former national rep and current Rewa Coach Marika Rod u also paid tribute and joked about Nabi’s “Broken Fijian language”.
In his post, Rodu stated that Nabi’s friendly face and good leadership and sporting moments will always be missed by his former teammates.
Nabi be laid to rest at 12.30pm today at Maururu Muslim Cemetery in Ba.
By Reginald Chandar