November 21, 2017
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Football fraternity mourns Sharma’s loss

The Fijian football fraternity is mourning the loss of former Referees’ Director and Assessor Rajendra Kant Sharma.

Mr. Sharma passed away in Ba last night.

He was 67 and was currently serving Fiji Football Association as Manager of the Ba Academy.

Mr. Sharma started as a Referees’ Assessor in 1995 and to date he was actively assessing matches.

He also served as the Referees’ Director from 2014-2015.

By profession he was a school teacher and served the Ministry of Education from 1971-2009.

Fiji FA President Rajesh Patel said losing someone of Mr.Sharma’s caliber is a huge loss for the parent body.

 “I am very sad to hear this news today. He was a very good manager, a very good person. My sympathy goes to his family in these difficult times.”

“We are trying to contact the family so that funeral arrangements could be made. This is really an untimely death and we are really saddened with this news.”

“He will be remembered for his approachable and friendly nature.”

Fiji FA Referees’ Director Rakesh Varman said today is a sad day for the referees’ family in the country as they have lost a great motivator and a mentor.

“I am totally lost for words. I was really shocked to hear the news this morning. We have lost a great soul. A person who was always there for everybody and his loss will surely be felt heavily by the Fijian referees.”

“He was a very nice leader, a great teacher and a very humble person who was always smiling. His contribution to football was immense and we will surely miss him a lot.”

“He has served his purpose on earth beautifully and we salute and pray for peace for him. We are sending our deepest sympathies to his grieving family and will do our utmost best to give him a great farewell,” said Varman.

Mr. Sharma’s funeral details will be announced later.

By Reginald Chandar


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