The Fiji Football Association (FFA) brought smiles on the faces of three families of former football players after they were handed with $500 cheque on Sunday, at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

This was part of the FFA’s social responsibility programme, which is assisting in the education of the children of former players who are in need. FFA president Rajesh Patel said remembering the hard work of former players was very important. The recipients were former Suva, Rewa and national midfielder Pita Rabo, former Rewa, Nadi, Ba and national rep Inia Bola.

Patel said the revenue generated through the RC Manubhai/APCO Coatings International Veteran’s tournament would be given back to the people.

“Whenever the veteran’s tournament will be held, we will give its back for the children’s education. Every year we will be presenting four families with a cheque of $500 each which goes towards the welfare of children’s school needs.”

He said they would consider increasing the assistance in the future should the veteran’s tournament be able to generate more revenue in the coming years.

“This is all for a good cause and we are honouring our players who have given their hearts out for their district and country.”

Patel confirmed that the trustees, headed by former national team captain Abdul Manna and former national reps Onnie Wong and Lote Delai, make the decision on which families receive the fund.

Courtesy of FFA