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Divorce Victim Overcomes All Odds

Divorce Victim Overcomes All Odds
Jonetani Buksh at his house in Tuatua Labasa. Photo: Peni Drauna
August 19
13:30 2017

Growing up without his mother was not an easy thing for 21-year-old Labasa football midfielder Jonetani Buksh.

“Seeing other children with their mothers during parent’s day in school or on family get togethers would sometimes make me sad,” he said.

“But one thing it has taught me is to be strong and become independent.”

That is the reason why Buksh always toils hard in the field of play and most times he is always a stand out.

The Veisaru, Ba native said he always pushes himself to the limits in everything he does.

“I’ve seen many children that come from divorce families and strive beyond measures to be successful. This is by pushing themselves to the far-flung corners of their young limits in the various fields of endeavour like academic, sports, arts, entertainment and so on.”

Buksh said his parents divorced when he was in class 5 at Tagore Memorial School in Ba.

“My grandparents Veronica Lewaseni and VilitatiKautoga brought me up until I reached secondary school. I moved to A D Patel College but I finished my vocational studies at Kamil Muslim College in Ba.

“It was in these schools that I developed my skills in football. I didn’t know how good I was in football until I tried it out.

“I made it to the Fiji under-17 and under-20 teams before I joined the Ba and Nadroga district teams. Later I moved to Rewa. This was before I signed up a contract to play for Labasa, which was about eight months ago.”

Buksh said what amazes him more are the resiliency and survival mechanisms of some children from divorce families as they are able to rise above the circumstances they’re in.

“It has been eight months since I’ve been playing for Labasabut as transfer window opens next month I’m confident that I’m going to stay on.It’s quite hard staying away from my grandparents, friends and relatives in Ba but that’s life.”

Buksh is the second  eldest in the family and says, he was grateful to have an older sister Nisha and a younger brother Waisake Soga for supporting his football career.

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