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Written By : ANA MADIGIBULI. A highly-recognised Opposition Leader, the late Siddiq Moidin Koya, was remembered during the opening of the Fiji Muslim Sports Association soccer tournament by the Attorney-General in Lautoka yesterday.
“As we all know Siddiq Koya was a well-known personality in Fiji not just because of his very long and tireless efforts in the Fiji Muslim League but in also bringing it into what it is today,” Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said Mr Koya’s work was seen in the construction of schools, the properties and various trusts that have been created under Fiji Muslim League and he also was the first leader of opposition in Fiji.
He said Mr Koya was also one of the leading persons and negotiators for the independence of Fiji from Great Britain and he found it quite fitting to have a trophy that the teams would play for.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum thanked Siddiq Moidin Koya’s family for their tremendous support towards the association by donating the trophy which was going to be awarded to the winning team of the tournament.
“This is a inaugural cup for the tournament and in years to come many of the teams will be inspired to win the trophy,” he said.
Seventeen (17) teams are battling it out on who will take home the Siddiq Moidin Koya Memorial Cup during this long Easter weekend at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
The soccer tournament which is sponsored by Kadar Buksh Limited (KBL) and organised by the Fiji Muslim Sports Association was officially opened by Mr Sayed- Khaiyum.
The tournament features teams from around Fiji and is called the KBL 66th Muslim Inter-District Competition.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the sports association of the Fiji Muslim league has had a long history and has also brought about a number of the branches together over the years.
He said a lot of people have talked about this sports association and what it does and what it has done especially in the Fiji Muslim League.