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Former Nadi Masters player, Shamim Khan,left. FBFormer Nadi Masters player, Shamim Khan,left. FBFOOTBALLERS and friends of Shamim Khan are devastated at his sudden passing away on Wednesday.

Shamim died at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC.

Affectionately known as ‘Nawalu, the 46-year old footballer was a member of Nadi Masters team of the Fijian Masters League.

He had also represented Canada Veterans 42s team to the 2018 FANCA Muslim soccer tournament at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park.

Former footballer Mohammed Yusuf (Mama) said he is deeply saddened at the news of Shamim’s passing away.

“Heartbroken, a humble, down to earth human being gone to soon”.

Shamim like Yusuf were members of the popular Fiji Village Club on Scott Road.

“Man of few words, very likeable and was a good company”, said Yusuf.

“Our last conversation two days before he fell seriously ill was all about football and family.

“On Friday he spotted in a green Nadi Veterans jersey and when summoned about his district sway, with a smirk he showed off an under-worn  black shirt to point out his Ba football loyalty”.

Yusuf said the Fiji Village Club was still trying to come to terms with the recent death of members, Parsotam Bali (Parker) and Mohammed Tahir and Shamim’s death has further traumatized the close-knit group.

“Nawalu’s passing takes to three amazing souls that the club has lost in the last few months. They are all being missed. Rest in Peace heroes”.
AJ Ali, Shamim's Nadi Masters teammate paid tribute to the former footballer, describing as very dedicated and humble.

“Always charming, very cordial who loved football”, said Ali.

“My heartfelt condolences to Shamim's family”.

Among the hundreds who took to social media, Facebook to pay tribute was Richard Singh.

“Completely shocked to hear of his passing, one of the nicest guys I have ever met. May the almighty grant him the highest place in heaven and give strength to his family. RIP, you will be surely missed brother”.

Shamim leaves behind his wife and three children.

He was buried today at the Vedder View Gardens in Chilliwack, BC.

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