SIFF pays tribute to late footballer

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Late Danny Waeta in a photo taken earlier this year by SIFF Executive Member Tommy Mana
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BY ROMULUS HUTA

Late Danny Waeta in a photo taken earlier this year by SIFF Executive Member Tommy Mana

SOLOMON Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has offered a condolence message on the passing away of former national rep Late Danny Waeta.

Late Waeta passed away at his Honiara Monday this week.

According to a statement released by the national governing football yesterday, Late Waeta has left behind a legacy as one of the best left wingers the country has ever produced.

“On behalf of the football community and Solomon Islands Football Federation, we offer our deepest condolences on the passing of former Solomon Islands national player Danny Waita.

“Waita steadfastly steered Solomon Islands during his playing days. His legacy will stay with us as one of the best left fleet footed winger the country has ever produced.

“We honour his legacy and mourn his loss alongside his family and our friends, the people of Solomon Islands,” the statement from SIFF said.

Late Waeta represented Solomon Islands during the 1980s and the 1990s in several regional competitions.

At the club level, the famous blonde afro midfielder played for Rangers, a former champion in the Honiara Football Association (HFA) league.

SIFF Executive Member Tommy Mana also took it to the social media to pay a tribute to the late midfielder.

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“Sad to hear the sudden passing away of one of Solomon Islands’ football legends, late Danny Waeta.

“Brother the last time I met you was beginning of this year.

“You were still in your soccer sports gears. A pride you always carry along with you wherever you go. You were truly a soccer ambassador of this football mad country.

“I still remember the days you were transferred from Su’u to join us at KGVI school to represent the SI National Team.

“You played for Rangers FC while joining SI National Team.

“You were the smallest in the squad but irreplaceable on the wings.

“We only have few wizards on the wings, and you are one of them in your days.

“You have mentored a lot of players in the next generation, the likes of late Jack Samani and Agustine Peli.

“Today you leave your football family and go rest higher. Your legacy in Football will live on. Rest in Peace my brother Danny,” Mana said.

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