Suva F.C.

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Suva F.C.
Suva-FC-Logo.jpg
Full name Suva Football Association
Nickname(s) Capital City Boys Whites
Founded 1936
Ground ANZ Stadium
Suva, Fiji
Ground Capacity 30,000
President Ritesh Pratap
Manager Sam Lal
League National Football League (Fiji)
2017 3rd

Suva F.C. is a Fijian football team playing in the super premier division of the Fiji Football Association competitions. It is based in Suva. Their home stadium is ANZ Stadium formerly known as National Stadium. Their uniform is white shirt, white shorts and white socks.

Early years[edit]

Football started to be played in Fiji with the arrival of Europeans. A Suva Soccer Football Club was formed in 1905, made up of European employees of the Government and businesses. In 1910, a team from Suva played a match against a team from Nausori. Crew of visiting naval ships also entertained themselves with friendly games of football with local teams. In 1910 a team from Suva played a game against a team from HMS Powerful and won 3 goals to 1. In 1914, a team from Suva played against a team from HMS Torch, at Albert Park, and won by 2 goals to nil. In 1930, the Governor made available two playing fields in Suva for use in football competitions. In 1922, the Sunshine Club was established in Suva. There were also four teams in Suva who played at the Marist Brothers School grounds in Toorak.

Suva Football Association is born[edit]

The Indian Reform League was the first to form an association to organise football in Suva. In December 1927, the league organised a schools football competition at Albert Park. Schools that took part in it were Methodist Mission School, Marist Brothers School, Munivatu Indian School and Islamia School. Buoyed by the success of this tournament, the league met on 22 January 1928 and formed a Football Association committee. The editor of the monthly Hindi/English magazine, Vriddhi, Dr I.H. Beattie donated a trophy and the first competition was organised on 26 May 1928 at the Marist Brothers School ground. The teams that took part were Indian Reform League Football Club, Toorak Service Club, Dilkusha Excelsior Football Club, Rewa Football Club and the Union Club. In 1936, the association was renamed, the Suva Football Association. The number of teams grew to 8 in 1936, 16 in 1945 and 41 in 1958 with competition being organised in senior, reserve, intermediate and junior grades.

Suva, was one of the founding members of the Fiji Indian Football Association, which was formed in 1938 and renamed the Fiji Football Association in 1961.

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2017 Fiji National Football League

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Fiji GK Tevita Koroi
2 Fiji MF Epeli Lairoti
3 Fiji DF Leone Damudamu
4 Fiji DF Simione Damuni
5 Fiji DF Ivan Kumar
6 Fiji MF Kelvin Naidu
7 Fiji MF Pita Rabo
8 Fiji MF Setareki Hughes
9 Fiji MF Kaliova Tivulu
10 Fiji FW Don Raj
11 Fiji FW Ravnesh Karan Singh
12 Fiji DF Tomasi Uculoa
No. Position Player
13 Fiji DF Sakaraia Naisua
14 Solomon Islands MF Fred Osifelo
15 Fiji DF Waisake Navunigasau
16 Fiji MF Shahil Dave
17 Fiji DF Filipe Baravilala
18 Fiji DF Bruce Hughes
19 Fiji MF Mannav Permal
20 Solomon Islands FW Josiah Sahu
21 Fiji GK Panapasa Ratumuri
22 Fiji FW France Catarogo
23 Fiji MF Isikeli Ratucava
24 Fiji MF Phillip Leong

Achievements[edit]

1996, 1997, 2014
1940, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1981, 1983, 2012, 2014
1982, 1988, 1995
1995, 2012

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • M. Prasad, Sixty Years of Soccer in Fiji 1938–1998: The Official History of the Fiji Football Association, Fiji Football Association, Suva, 1998.