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Friends, Semi Tabaiwalu and Feroz Sahib's 32 year reunionFriends, Semi Tabaiwalu and Feroz Sahib's 32 year reunionFOOTBALL is said to have the power to bring people together out of friendship and following.


And this past week, a footballer and a friend who hadn’t met each other for 32 years reunited.

Former Ba and national team footballer, Semi Tabaiwalu had a visit from his longtime friend Feroz Sahib of Calgary, Canada.

Sahib, the former Lautoka resident had forged a friendship while closely following Ba’s dominant years from 1975-1980, when they created history for winning 6-straight IDC titles, a record that still stands.

“I have always followed Ba from early years and Semi (Tabaiwalu) from mid 70s, we became good friends up until I migrated to Canada in 1987”, said Sahib after their meeting last Wednesday in Rarawai, Ba.

Sahib said a social media, Facebook search led him to locate Semi, they had since conversed almost every time.

“We met after 32 years, had a lot of catching up to do”, he said.

“We relished on the good old times, endless hours of talanoa(talk).

“We missed our buddy, the former Lautoka goalkeeper, Vijay Anand, who passed away young, Semi, Bobby and I were good friends, sounds odd for Lautoka guys to befriend a Ba footballer but you don’t have to have friends on denominations and area”.

Semi said he was very happy to meet his friend Feroz Sahib.

“We have always been good friends, more like brothers, it’s just we lost all contact, it was just very emotional seeing him after many years, I’m glad he didn’t forget about our good old friendship”.

“It’s the best Christmas gift, a brotherly visit ahead of Christmas. I pray for more similar visits, stay blessed brother”.

Sahib said the friendship he forged through football is after all alive and he’s living it.

“Football certainly brings people together”.


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