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Age defying FANCA ball boy

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Abdul Habib. Photo Credit: /FBAbdul Habib. Photo Credit: /FBHE turned the clock back in time during the FANCA Muslim soccer tournament at Lautoka's Churchill Park.

Abdul Habib, the former Lautoka rep, who was a ball boy in his teens to footballers in the 70s was back at it at the age of 54 years.

“I have lot of time to spare so I decided to become a ball boy during the FANCA tournament", he said.

"It sure brought back old memories.

"I see it as a way of keeping myself fit and besides serving the community with all the heart".

Habib played a season for Lautoka in the 90s, said he called it a sport to concentrate on work and family.

"I got my soccer break by being a ball boy to senior players among them Waiyavi and Lautoka legend Ernest Doughty.

"We grew into watching the big boys play and were lucky to learn from them the trick of the footballing trade.

"In 1987-1988, I played Lautoka U19 under coach Roblin Autar and in 1990 I got my district with Gopal Krishna as the coach".

Habib said soccer has changed a lot from his days and is a business now, added it is the only way forward.

"It definitely serves a purpose. It's all about livelihood".

Habib's son, Edward Justin is now following his father's footsteps, playing district football for Lautoka and the very position his dad played during his playing days, a striker.

"We have a special bond with the district. I served Lautoka out of passion for the game, my son is earning a living", quipped Habib.

He played for Lautoka Muslim team for 13 straight years (1988-2001).

Last Sunday, he helped Fiji over 50s side win the 50s Division of the FANCA Muslim tournament.

He said if opportunity serves he won't hesitate to take up the ball boy's duty again.

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