Fiji Football Association  is saddened to learn the sudden passing away of former Tailevu Football Association (now known as Northland Tailevu) President, Mr. Sanjeshwar Singh who passed away yesterday at his home in Deepwater after a short illness.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said Singh will be missed by the football family in Fiji.

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

“We have lost a great man today. One who had football in his heart and football was his life. He immensely contributed towards the development of football in Tailevu and leaves behind a legacy.”

“Fondly known as Sanjay, he was elected president of the Association in 2005 and served his term until 2009,”said Yusuf.

On behalf Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel and board members and football family I wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family,” he said.

Former Secretary Reginald Chandar who worked with the late Mr.Singh during his term in office said the sad news came as a complete shock to him and the community at large.

“We are shattered by the news and are finding it hard to believe that we have lost such a young, hardworking, dedicated and passionate member of our community.”

“He was a keen follower of football and when he felt he should step into administration duties, he contested and successfully was elected as President. I worked with him in those four years and though the journey was tough and full of challenges, we did all we could to get the ball rolling.”

“Under his leadership, we played the final of the 2008 Courts IDC and lost through a late penalty in the dying moments of extra time to Tailevu Naitasiri.”

“Prior to joining administration of TNFA, he was the President and Manager of Hurricane Sports Club. He also represented the club, Tailevu youth team and Tailevu North High School and Vunimono High School age grade teams.”

“He was a true son of Tailevu and served the community well. Apart from being a football administrator, he was also a district advisory councilor, a social worker and was part of many organisations and school committees.”

Mr. Singh was in his 40s and is survived by his mother, wife and three children.

Funeral details will be announced later.

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