23 January 2021 – The South African Football Association has joined South African sport lovers to mourn the passing of National Futsal Team Coach Gregory Nair who passed on due Covid related complications.
This is very sad. It is a huge loss for everyone including his wife, Tanya his family and the futsal and football family of SAFA.
Gregory death leaves a vacuum which will be difficult to fill.
At 50 years of age, his death is not only untimely and shocking but a bitter pill to swallow.
He was one of the most successful young businessmen that I have met and I got to know him better because of his deep and insatiable commitment to the growth and development of Futsal in our country.
He had a passion for Futsal, he had a passion for our National Futsal Team and a passion for his team Young Natalians, which he led with distinction from the inception of our league in 2000.
The players , officials and management of Young Natalians Sports Club, other players and officials in the National Futsal league and the SAFA National FutsalTeam will miss him, like we do in the Executive Committee of the South African Indoor Football Association.
He was a great ambassador of Futsal both in our country and internationally. He not only played the game but he also represented our country at international level iin Futsal.
Gregory and his wife Tanya were inseparable. His wife and children were always together, at the Futsal grounds, in his business and other family activities that they shared.
We extend our sincere condolences to Tanya and the children and to the entire Nair family.
We pray that God gives them the strength to withstand the huge loss of a husband, father, son , brother and our friend.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Credit: Poobie Govindasamy.