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Valentine: Mum Urges Me Not To Give Up

Valentine: Mum Urges Me Not To Give Up
William Valentine (back, fourth from left) with the Nadi football team Photo: Fiji Football Assosciation
May 21
10:00 2018

 

Losing someone who was a great inspi­ration in William Valentine’s football career was one of the toughest hurdles that he had to go through.

After the death of his father in 2012, Valen­tine had to make a decision whether to con­tinue playing football or not.

After turning down an offer to represent Fiji, Valentine was urged by his mother Sher­een not to give up on the sport that his father loved and played.

“My father inspired me to play football and his death came as a shock to me,” Valentine said.

“My mother kept urging me to keep playing because that was what my father could have wanted.

“One thing I have always put in mind was his words of advice and that is to be faithful in sport and in life.”

The Nawaka, Nadi native said coming from a family of seven siblings, his parents always found a way to ensure that all their needs are accomplished.

“I was fortunate my parents supported me throughout,” Valentine said.

William Valentine

William Valentine

“My dream was to represent my hometown and I was able to fulfill it.”

After six years playing for the Nadi team Valentine has plans to have a career in the tourism industry and next semester he will be joining the Fiji National University.

“There’s life after football and I need to be ready for it.”

Valentine said Nadi are preparing well for the Vodafone

Fiji FACT which starts on Friday in Nau­sori.

“We have been preparing for the last two weeks and the boys are working hard,” Val­entine said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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