Navua Sanatan hon­our fallen leader

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The win­ning Navua Sanatan foot­ball team ded­i­cated their Sanatan World Cup win to the late pres­i­dent Isht Deo who passed away dur­ing the Sanatan con­ven­tion.

It was an emo­tional mo­ment for the Deo fam­ily when they re­ceived the tro­phy from the Navua Sanatan side yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day, Navua Sanatan vice-pres­i­dent Su­nil Chan­dra re­it­er­ated that the vic­tory is ded­i­cated to their former pres­i­dent. “Our former pres­i­dent passed away two months ago,” he said. “This is be­cause Mr Deo had the or­gan­i­sa­tion at heart and he was al­ways sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the play­ers as he wanted the team to par­tic­i­pate in the World Cup.

“Since he’s not here we would like to re­mem­ber him with the win.”

Chan­dra said they were con­fi­dent when go­ing into the tour­na­ment and that con­trib­uted to their win.

“Since this is the first time that the tour­na­ment was held in Fiji. “We tried our best to win the ti­tle,”

he said

“We are proud that Navua has won in the global arena. This is a big achieve­ment not only for the Navua team but also to the peo­ple of Fiji.

“This is the first time that we have won the com­pe­ti­tion and also for Fiji as hosts.

“We want to show the peo­ple of Navua the hard work that the play­ers had done as we were on the verge of los­ing but the play­ers kept things to­gether and were able to turn the ta­ble around.”

Nikolau Ravai

Fam­ily mem­bers of the late Navua Sanatan pres­i­dent Ist Deo (from left) wife Santi Wati, daugh­ters Ash­leen Deo and Ash­wini Trusler with the Sanatan World Cup tro­phy at their home on Septem­ber 15, 2018. Photo:

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