Former Solomon Islands youth international Chris Satu has passed away after battling illness.
The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) announced the news on social media on Sunday.
“On behalf of the president of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), Provincial member associations, the CEO, staff, players, clubs, supporters and sponsors, we convey our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Solomon Warriors FC and the Satu family following the unfortunate passing away of former Solomon Warriors and National U-17 player Chris Satu this morning at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara after battling illness.”
“We especially extend our condolences to the immediate family. This is our collective loss. We mourn with you. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Chris Satu was part of the Solomon Islands Under-17 team that came second in the OFC Under-16 Championship in 2018 and qualified for a historic first FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.
Former Solomon Islands Technical Director Felipe Vega Arango was part of the staff for the U-17 team. He says he will remember Satu’s bright smile.
“Chris was a wonderful person, I knew him well, he was part of the U17 team, always practiced hard, always a positive attitude, always willing to listen and learn. He was such a good person,” Vega-Arango tells Football in Oceania.
“I will remember his smile forever, from the field to the fishing village market, where he was many times with his mother.”
At club level the winger played for Western United, Solomon Warriors and Indo-Solo futsal club in the Solomon Islands.
Football in Oceania extends our sincerest condolences to Chris Satu’s family and friends, as well as the Solomon Islands football community.