The Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel, its board members and the entire football fraternity is in mourning.
The entire fraternity is saddened to learn the death of former national team captain and Nadi rep Inosi Tora who passed away on Sunday.
The highlight of his career was in 1985 when he captained and scored a goal against New Castle in match which Fiji won 3-0.
He started his career playing for Nadi in 1977 and helped Nadi win the first National Football League in 1978.
Tora joined national team in 1881 and played till 1988.
Patel acknowledged the supreme contribution by Tora 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.”
Former national midfielder Ronald Chaudhary said Tora was a stalwart defender and played for Nadi and Fiji National team on numerous occasion.
“He was a house hold name in early 80s known for his rugged, no fear play. Probably a nightmare to most of the strikers in his prime days. Ba forward Inia Bola once described him as a difficult opponent to go by, “Chaudhary described
“Our thoughts and prayers goes out to his families.
Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said Tora would be always remembered for his passion and commitment for football.
“Indeed it is a sad loss for Fiji football as he contributed a lot to the country during his playing career,”
“His daughters also played for National women team, “said Yusuf
Yusuf confirmed that Fiji FA together with the legends of 1980’s and the Vodafone National football team will present their requ-requ on Wednesday at 5.30pm at his village in Namotomoto.