Tonga Football also joined the rest of the Oceania countries in mourning the lost of Miss Emmie Sope, the Just Play Program Manager, that she has called to rest.
Palu ‘Uhatahi Tu’amoheloa, the Just Play Project Manager and her crew called Just Play communities for a short service to mark the sudden departure of Sope.
‘’The whole Just Play communities knew about Sope, and they also wanted to take part in this service,’’ Tu’amoheloa says.
‘’It’s so hard to accept Sope left us, but her legacy will stay in the game,’’ she added.
‘’She left her door open all the time, and she reached out to us daily,’’ Tu’amoheloa in tears.
The Tonga National Under 19 men’s team participated in the service, as most of the players started football when the Just Play program piloted in 2009 here in Tonga.
They brought flowers to show their respect to Sope.
An emotional Tonga U 19 team Manager, Fililangi Ta’ai pay his respect to Sope on behalf of the football communities here in Tonga.
‘’I was participated in Sope’s last seminar here in Tonga last year, and I learnt to know her with her very intelligence, passionate about football, determination, humble and brave.’’
‘’Now I remembered in one of her speech, she mentioned Tonga has a very special place in her heart,’’ added Ta’ai.
‘’Thank you for everything Emmie Sope, the Under 19 boys are here today in joining this service because they came to football through Just Play program, now you are gone, but we will missed you,’’ Ta’ai said.
You are now gone Emmie, but Tonga Football and just play communities here in Tonga will forever remember you with all you have done for us. Stay in the game, RIP our dear colleague, our friend and our sister.