Fazil Marija has got the best out of KSC in rugby
Fazil Marija the present Kandy Sports Club's promising fly-half who
reads the game very well and has a strong right boot, can be rated as
the best ruggerite in the running league tournament and the best in this
position. He learnt his rugby at Kingswood College under G. Gunadasa for
one year and later under his cousin Ronnie Ibrahim for three years.
While at school, he was invited by Kandy Sports Club, through Nalaka
Weerakkody in 2004.
Marija led the club to win the triple and also led Sri Lanka and is
also the present national sevens captain. He is a ruggerite, who has
dedicated himself for rugby and spent a lot of time learning the finer
points of the game. He is a good thinker and is good at sending passes
long range and up-and-under and is also good at goal-kicking.
Fazil is a household name in rugby and has been a formidable figure
in club rugby from 2004. He is a player, leader, creator and altogether
a fine example for all his teammates. He is a player with plenty of
ideas and ambitions and certainly a knowledgeable ruggerite in the scene
today. Marija's capabilities and his potential cannot be matched by any
of his teammates.
Keeps Kandy SC together
Fazil the play-maker and it is his excellent combination that keeps
the Nittawella club on the move. Marija's knowledge and pattern of play
that has helped him to earn a name for himself. He has already etched
his name in the Kandy Sports Club rugby history books as one of the best
dedicated ruggerites. Deceptively fast and strong fly-half.
Led Kandy and Sri Lanka
was in 2004 as a schoolboy, Marija was invited to play for Kandy
Sports Club in the Clifford Cup knockout tournament and today he has
studied the game of rugby. This season, he has played in six games, he
missed only the Sharks Rugby Club game due to an injury. As Kandy Sports
Club's first-choice fly-half with an exhilarating performance against
Navy SC, Havelock SC and CR and FC.
He has played so well that he has helped Kandy in no small way to
chalk up many victories. In 2010 he led his club and led Sri Lanka as
well. Fazil has also captained MAS Holdings at Mercantile Sevens,
Central Kings, Northern Gladiators in the Carlton sevens. Since 2003 he
has been sporting the national jersey,. He is a ruggerite who leads from
the front in an exemplary manner throughout this first round.
Sri Lanka has not seen a player of his calibre for some time. The
best quality in Fazil is that he is an extraordinary person, with plenty
of talent, who can read the game cleverly in making changes on the spot.
Rugby has changed over the past 12 years but the basic skills of this
fly-half is still the same.
Fazil hails from a famous Malay sporting family, who are crazy for
rugby. His father Abdul Rasheed Marijan did sports for Police, Mother
Fareeda Sherifdeen did sports at Kandy Good Shepherd Convent, it was she
who encouraged Fazil to take up rugby, his uncles Tuany Amidon played
football and rugby for Army and was a All-Ceylon football player and the
best dribbler in Asia, Kamil "Roy" Amith played for Kandy S.C., T.M.N.
Sherifdeen - Navy SC, Fazil's cousins Ibrahim brothers Raja, Roy,
Ronnie, Rinnie, Nilifer, Buks brothers Ansar and Amjad all played for
Kandy SC, Dev Ananda played for Navy SC, his own brother Faizal is with
Kandy SC. Except for Tuany Amidon, the others are products of Kingswood
Someone like Fazil, is the man who controls the game exceptionally
well and keeps the team together.