The Fijian football community is in mourning following the death of former soccer administrator Joseph Wong.
The 55 - year-old former Fiji Football Association of British Columbia member and the president of the defunct South Pacific Soccer League died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday.
The Trojan Football Club player of the old FFABC later went on to form the Cobra FC along with his brother Samuel (Sam) Wong.
Wong gained notoriety for being a tough disciplinarian and was always clear about his views on many pressing soccer reforms during his administrative tenure with the SPSL.
Wong’s influence also inspired a generation of soccer players who went on to craft a successful playing career outside of the Fijian soccer.
Fijian Soccer League of Greater Vancouver president Nadraj Nair says the footballing community has not only lost a huge footballing fan but a great human being.
“Joe (Joseph) was very much involved with the Trojan FC and Cobra FC in the early FFA days”, he said. “I’ve known him for a long time, he was great man”.
Nair said Joe (Joseph) Wong was among a group that formed the South Pacific League and he served its leader up until the FSLGV merger.
He said the FSLGV has sent its condolences to the Wong family.
Soccer great Ivor Evans remembers Jo as a fine-cut of the Fijian sporting fabric.
“We’ve lost a man who loved football”, said Ivor. “My thoughts and prayers are with the Wong family”.
The funeral service will be held at the Riverside Funeral Home on Hopcott Road in Delta on Monday.