The Sri Lankan rugby captain and legendary flyhalf from Kandy Sports Club played his last league game at Nittawela and the club that he has represented for 18 long years decided to homage to the retiring veteran by dedicating a stand in his name.
The 33-year-old former Sri Lanka national sevens and fifteen’s skipper who announced his retirement before the start of the season, had a majestic send-off at Nittawela yesterday (11th) as Kandy Sports Club was adjudged unbeaten league champions defeating Havelock Sports Club 30-28.
It was a fairy-tale finale for the champion rugby player Marija who starred in getting the win for Kandy, scoring a hat-trick of tries, that saw his team finish off with a win.
Just before kick-off, the stand on the right side of the Kandy Sports Club clubhouse was ceremoniously opened by Fazil in the presence of his family members, the team and the Kandy Sports Club management.
It was a wonderful gesture from the Kandy club to honour the veteran who has represented his hometown club as a loyal servant doing a yeomen service to the club and the country.
Photo Album – Opening of Fazil Marija stand
Kandy Sports Club has always made it a point to dedicate its stands to honour the greats that have donned the jersey. Other notable stands are dedicated to Priyantha Ekanayake, Indrajith Bandaranayake, Lasantha Wijesuriya, Denzil Kobbekaduwa, Sean Wijesinghe and Nalaka Weerakkody.