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Dad Is Watching Over Me

Dad Is Watching Over Me
Tevita Naqali of Fijian Drua brought down by Melbourne Rising defense at Ratu Cakobau Park on 1 September, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
September 02
10:21 2018

Fiji Airways’ Fijian Drua lock Tevita Naqali made his debut at the Australian National Rugby Championship at Ratu Ca­kobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

The former Suva Grammar School Under-19 rep said although it was a proud moment for him, he was sad because he could not share it with his dad who passed away in June.

His dad Sanaila Naqali was the permanent secretary for Fisheries.

“Losing a father is always hard on any child but this did not stop me from playing my best match,” Naqali told SUNsports.

“Father’s Day is tomorrow (today) and having that one person who al­ways motivated me not being here has been hard.

“This did not stop me from trying my best. My dad was there for me since my club games for the Cov­enant Blue. I’ve made it to the Suva team and now the Fijian Drua.

“This is my first match and the boys put on an impressive perfor­mance and getting our first win at home is good.

“It was really hard losing my fa­ther but I thank the constant sup­port of my mother and sisters.”

Naqali said he was proud to repre­sent his country.

“Going onto the field was so un­real, though there was a change in scenery I’m not new to this ground but I know my father is watching over me.”

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: karalaini.tavi@fijisun.com.fj

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