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Borisi Ready To Impress On Tour

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Vodafone Fijian football team; Back (left-right) Christopher Wasasala, Zibraaz Shahib, Kavaia Rawaqa, Kolinio Sivoki, Ilisoni Logaivau, Remueru Tekieta, Shamal Sharma (manager), Antonio Tuivuna, Christophe Gamel (coach), Rusiate Matererega, Anand Sami (assistant coach), Epeli Leiroti, Varoon Karan (physio), Laisenia Raura, Misiwane Narube, Jovilisi Borisi. Front (left-right) Mitieli Namuka, Paulo Buke, Save Baledrokadroka, Kishan Sami, Kaliova Dau, Vilive Naulalevu, Ilimotama Jese, Filipe Baravilala prior to their departure at Nadi International Airport on June 2, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
July 03
10:29 2018

Rookie Vodafone Fijian football goalkeeper Jovilisi Borisi is excited on his first overseas tour.

The 20-year-old Tavua rep was among the seven new players who are part the national team that left the country to play an international match against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

National football head coach Christophe Gamel has roped in young players like Savenaca Baledrokadroka, Kaliova Dau, Vilive Naulalevu, Paulo Buke, Mijieli Namuka, Misiwane Narube and Borisi for international exposure.

“I will try my best to be part of this team from now onwards,” Borisi told SUNsports yesterday.

“There are a lot of challenges since I am just 20 year old. This is an important match for me as a footballer and I want to make Fiji and my parents proud.”

Vodafone Fijian football head coach Christophe Gamel (second from left) with Jovilisi Naborisi and his family at Nadi International Airport on July 2, 2018.  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Vodafone Fijian football head coach Christophe Gamel (second from left) with Jovilisi Naborisi and his family at Nadi International Airport on July 2, 2018.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

EARLY START

His love for football began from his school days at Tavua Muslim Primary School where he played midfielder. He later attended Balata High School and it was there he switched to goalkeeping. Borisi also attended Kamil Muslim College in Ba and made his debut for the Tavua district team at the age of 18.

“I love this position since I don’t have to do a lot of running around compared when playing in the front. My height fits me well as a goalkeeper and I love to jump for the high balls,” he added.

Vodafone Fijian football reps (left-right) Paula Buke, Filipe Baravilala, Epeli Leiroti and captain Remueru Tekiata at Nadi International Airport on July 2, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Vodafone Fijian football reps (left-right) Paula Buke, Filipe Baravilala, Epeli Leiroti and captain Remueru Tekiata at Nadi International Airport on July 2, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

TIMELY HELP

Looking back, Borisi say,s his best memory was when he represented Balata High School Under-19 side where they qualified for the Fiji Secondary Schools Interdistrict Championship where they reached the semifinal.

The youngster had a lot of praise for veteran goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau who helped develop him in the position.

“Tamanisau taught me a lot of new things,” he added.

The Korovou, Tavua native has maternal links to Dauniivi in Ra and he works at the Shop N Save supermarket.

The national football side is captained by tough Suva defender Remueru Tekiate.

 

– Edited  by Leone Cabentabua

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