October 13, 2016
One of the country's most experienced coaches, Gurjit Singh has stepped down as the coach of Suva football team.
Confirming this to FijiLive, Singh said he has spent long five years with the capital city side and now needs a little break from football.
"I have officially resigned and will be leaving for the US soon to rejoin my family. I served Suva FA for 5 years and believe it is time for me to take a break and spend some time with my family."
"It is not the end of my coaching career and I will rethink and look at options after my holiday. For now, I just need a break from football and spend some quality time with my loved ones," he said.
"I had a very good coaching term with Suva where we won some titles and played in many finals. We also qualified as the first southern team to the OFC Champions League and featured twice in the competition."
While Singh could not confirm about his next move yet, FijiLive understands he will return to Fiji next month with the USA team for the Pacific Cup in Nadi.
"I cannot confirm that now but if they need my help and if I am available them I will surely help them out."
Singh joined the Whites in 2012 and helped them win the Fiji FACT after 18 years at Govind Park where they defeated host Ba 1-0. In the same year he also guided Suva to win the Inter District Championship (IDC) after 29 years.
The former Fiji U20 and national coach again helped Suva to win the IDC on home soil after 31 years in 2014 and they also lifted the National League title in the same year.
Singh believes Ravindra Singh Ale and veteran Pita Rabo can guide the team well in his absence and bring glory to the district.
"The team is in capable hands. Ale is a good coach and he has been with us this season. Pita is a great leader and motivator and the players should respond well to him."
Prior to joining Suva, Singh coached Labasa, Navua and Nadi and helped the districts win the IDC trophy in 2011 (Labasa), 2009 (Navua) and 1998 (Nadi).
By Reginald Chandar