The Fiji Football Association President Rajesh Patel, its Board members and the entire football fraternity is saddened to learn the passing away of former national, Tavua and Rewa rep Mohammed Rafiq.
Brother haji Rafiq just passed away this morning at CWM Hospital.
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel acknowledged the supreme contribution of Rafiq on the football arena.
“He had been a great footballer and an inspirational leader of his time,”said Patel
Fiji FA vice president Yogeshwar Singh added that Rafiq was a very humble person and had football at his heart.
“He was a very passionate footballer and started his playing career in Tavua and that was where he was selected in the Fiji Youth side and later joined Rewa in 1979, “said Singh
Singh said during his time as Rewa FA treasurer he joined the Delta Tigers side while studying in Suva.
“He played along players like Vatu King, Don Shaheem, Mohammed Salim, Vula Wate, Abdul Manan. Late Abdul Munaf and Late Sunny Koy to name a few.”
“I convey my heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolence to the grieving family and I pray to the Almighty that his soul rest in peace.”
Singh added that Rewa FC will be allowed to wear arm band and a minute silence will also be observed during the Rewa vs Lautoka match today at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.
Rafiq was the owner of Auto One Spare Parts and also the president of Fiji Muslim Sports Association.