The Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel, its board members and the entire football fraternity is saddened to learn the passing away of former Lautoka and Labasa goalkeeper Bai Waqaliti.

Waqailiti died at his home in Lautoka last Thursday.

The highlight of his career was in 1985, when Labasa became the first team in the country to beat Tahiti 3-1 at Subrail Park in Labasa with Waqaliti playing an instrumental role in goal.

He played together with Ivor Evans, Amichand Nair, Melton Simmons, Epeli Rokoqica, Tevita Tukania, Petero Loce, Simone Koli and the list goes on.

Waqailiti’s younger brothers Leone and Terry Waqaliti featured for the national team.

Patel acknowledged the supreme contribution by Waqaliti in the football arena.

“It’s a huge loss. He had been a great footballer and an inspirational leader of his time.

“I convey my heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolence to the grieving family and I pray to the Almighty that his soul rests in peace.”

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Fiji FA

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