By Iliyas Daud
The NZ Fiji Veterans Association’s Annual Tournament will be held at Centre Park, Mangere from Friday 26 to Monday 29th January 2018. Previous tournaments have attracted crowds of over 1000 spectators.
This year, with the partnership model of Mangere United and Manukau City to play as Manukau United in the NRFL Premier Division, it was decided that all Fijian tournaments will be open to all.
Prior to this tournament rules stated that there needed to be a certain number of Fijians to promote Fijian participation. However the focus has now changed to engaging more New Zealanders to participate in Football and therefore the rule has been dropped.
Football needs these ethnic tournaments to keep footballers engaged and it has become our responsibility to ensure that everyone enjoys them. We can’t be organising these tournaments for the enjoyment of Fijians only, it has to be for all New Zealanders.
The tournament will be run in 4 divisions. Over 35, over 40, over 45 and over 50. There will be two halves of 20 minutes during group stages and then the knockout stages will be 25 minutes each side.
Entry Fee is $600 and the Prize Money for each division is $1000.00 with the Runners Up getting $300.00.
The Tournament initially started in 2000 at Avondale College grounds and this year will see the 19th year of this prestigious tournament. Previously teams from Canada, USA, Australia and Fiji have participated.
The tournament is named the S M Singh Memorial Cup, which is in memory of the “father of football in Fiji” the late Mr S M Singh. Mr Singh was the coach of the Fiji National team and also a technical director of the Taiwan Football Association. His contribution to football in Fiji is immense.
The organisers are looking forward to growing this tournament to make it a festival for all Masters (or Veterans) footballers to look forward to each year in January.
Teams wanting to participate can contact Iliyas Daud on 021 679514.
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