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Football- Irene Cesar passes away |29 April 2022

Football- Irene Cesar passes away

Irene César (1950-2022)

Former footballer Irene, Gabriel Cesar was laid to rest yesterday at the Mont Fleuri cemetery following a memorial service at the Sainte Thérèse church, Plaisance.

Known to many as Rene, Irene passed away on Saturday April 23 following an illness. He was born on July 18, 1950.

A left-footed player, Irene, nicknamed ‘Karenous’, played as a left winger for the Rangers Football Club in the 1970s alongside his brother Jeris César.

They then joined Mont Fleuri along with their brother Alain César following the regionalisation of sports in the early 1980s. With teammates Dolor Ernesta, Gerard ‘Dede’ Tranquille, Wix Cupidon, Marc Jeremie, Jemmy Louange, Dan Frichot, Michel Charles, Philip Nourrice and Terrence Stravens to name but some, they dominated local football before St Louis took over the reign from them.

Irene also played for the Seychelles national team and he was a member of the squad who won the silver medal at the First Indian Ocean Islands Games in Reunion in 1979. The other players ion the team were Charles Alcindor, Jimmy Baker, Lewis Betsy, Robin Marimba, Jeris César, Ange Dubignon, James Adam, Pat Marguerite, Mike Mancienne, Michael Barra, Jules Adrienne, Ulric Mathiot, Marc Latulippe, Gonzague Boniface, Godfrey Samson, Jimmy Paul and Suketu Patel.

The Seychelles Football Federation (SFF) has express its sincere condolences to the Cesar family for the loss of Mr Cesar.

“The football family is saddened by the loss of one of its legends. Irene Cesar has represented Seychelles and played as a midfielder for the national selection in the early 1980s and throughout the 1990s.

“He was well known playing for the Rangers Football Club and later Mont Fleuri FC. Once again our deepest sympathy to the Cesar family. May his soul rest in peace,” wrote the SFF.


Gerard Govinden

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