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Kandy's Fazil Marija was a fly half par excellence

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He was considered as a top class fly half, possessing the needed height, trength, and skill to dominate as a fly half andwas also a superb kicker (he often took on goal-kicking duties). He was particularly known for scoring drop goals and was widely acknowledged as one of the best rugby players of all time. A player of his calibre and class is born only once in a life time. Highly popular ruggerite enjoyed a fifteen year career at the top level of the game. He was a player who enjoyed every moment of being a knowledgeable player and his fans were thrilled to watch his classy play at school, club and national level.

He was a fly half who was highly skilled, quick thinking, tactically clever and prominent player in the back division. He mastered his rugby skills at Kingdswood College under his cousin Ronny Ibrahim’s guidance. He played for his school teams from under 13 to 20. He first played for the senior side in 2003 as a fly half and went on lead the side to be unbeaten triple champions in 2004.He became the best schoolboy player in the Singer international sevens and also in the Golden Key Schools sevens, where his school Kingswood College won both championships under his leadership.

Fazil has displayed quite a vibrant career in rugby, he has played over two hundred matches in sevens and fifteen side and has played and hung up his boots in the year 2018.

And took up coaching and has given his best for his club Kandy Sports Club. He had his own Rugby Academy for young kids to help them develop the skill. He first played for the Sri Lanka schools team in the year 2000. In that year he toured with the Sri Lanka junior side for the Junior Asiad. Fazil hails from a famous Malay sporting family, , with at least 17 members through two generations having represented various Clubs, Services Teams and National Rugby teams. His family is rugby crazy.

His father a policeman known as Abdul Rasheed Marija, was a sportsman and did sports for Police. Mother Fareeda Sherifdeen too participated in sports, was a product of Kandy’s Good Shepherd Convent. It was she who encouraged Fazil to take up rugby, his uncles Tuany Amidon was a footballer and ruggerite for Army and was an All Ceylon footballer and one of the best dribblers the country has seen. Kamil Roy Amith played for Kandy SC; T.M.N. Sherifdeen played for Navy and Defence Services, Fazil’s cousins Ibrahim brothers Raja, Roy, Ronny, Rinne, and Nilifer. Buksh brothers Ansar and Amjad played for Kandy SC, Dev Anand played for Navy, his brother Faizal played for Kandy SC. Except Tuany Amidon all others are Kingswood College products.

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