NEIL Adrakar with pallbearers carry the casket of his father, Parveen Adrakar to his final resting place.

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Neil Adrakar with pallbearers carry the casket of his father, Parveen Adrakar to his final resting placeNeil Adrakar with pallbearers carry the casket of his father, Parveen Adrakar to his final resting placeFOOTBALLERS, families and friends came by the hundreds to pay their final respect to Parveen Adrakar.


The football administrator died on Wednesday, at the Royal Columbian Hospital.

He was 75 years old.

At the public viewing at the Valley View Funeral Home, people lined up for hours to pay their homage.

The mourners braved light rain and in the gentle breeze, focused on the last glimpse of the man who transcended the sport.

The feeling of loss was palpable and, undeniably, it was mixed with a large dose of loss felt by all.

The open casket accentuated with an array of flowers, a fitting farewell to a titan of an administrator, revered as much for his impeccable contribution to football as his community outreach.

Parveen punched above his weight for the greater good of football.

He was a well respected and larger than life human when it came to lending a helping hand to the needy.

“It was the passing of an era before the eyes”, said longtime friend Sylvester Joseph.

“Parveen was who he was, and you got it, very loving family man and who had immense love for football.

“A champion of a manger, moderator, inspiration and inspired young footballers to excel in the game.”

Akash Sharma, Parveen's grandson, said his grandfather (nana) will be forever missed.

"I will miss all your phone calls, bugging me about soccer,” he said while delivering his eulogy.

“I will miss you being at my soccer games, supporting me even if I didn’t play.

“More importantly I will miss your advice and wisdom you always gave me.

“Conversation we had, I will forever cherish. You supported me on and off the field. You were my grandfather, you were my dad, you did everything, all I want to say is thank you.

“You’re a real GOAT, I love you nana.”

All-Star footballer and Tailevu-Naitasiri FC sensation Rylan Sangha took to social media to express his condolences.

“Rest in peace Parveen uncle, the entire community will miss you deeply.”

“A selfless person who was extremely passionate about the game. I will miss our conversations and the wisdom you gave me not just in regards to soccer, but in other facets of life.

“The field won’t be the same without you,” Rylan said.

Parveen served the sport with distinction throughout, he is best remembered for assembling the best team that he was involved with.

He was all about winning championships and nothing mattered.

50 years of his 75 year long life spent in football said Joseph, adding he has gone down in the annals of history for all Fijian fans.

“A true legend, it was only fitting that he was given the grand sendoff.”

With a lone queue following the hearse, thousands bade farewell to ‘bosso’ , the man of the Fijian football.



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+12 #1 GOATAnil 2024-04-29 08:07
All that and more in a simple content! Bosso! Rest High
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