The Fiji Football Association is in mourning following the passing of Dr Muhammad Shamsud-Dean Sahu Khan in New Zealand on July 14.

Dr Sahu Khan, 81, was a long-serving Fiji FA President and OFC Executive Committee Member, and much respected family member.

His involvement in football began as Fiji FA Vice President in 1971 before he was elected as Fiji FA President in 1985.

His work in football extends much further as a valued member of OFC’s Board of Directors for 29 years from 1983 to 2012.

Career-driven as a Fijian Barrister, Dr Sahu Khan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1963 before attaining his Master of Laws a year later.

In 1975, he took education to new heights and became a qualified Doctor of Philosophy.

As an achievement, Dr Sahu Khan was listed as a noteworthy professional Barrister by Marquis Who’s Who – a series of biographical data publications.

OFC President Lambert Maltock said the organisation is in mourning of a former colleague.

“On behalf of OFC, I’d like to thank Dr Sahu Khan for his contribution to football in the Pacific,” he said.

“We send our sincerest condolences to his family and the entire Fiji football community during this time.”