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Iraq native in Futsal mix

Written By : MACIU MALO. An Iraq native is among the hundreds or so players battling out for supremacy in the Vodafone’s Oceania Futsal Championship in Suva. Despite losing some
06 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : MACIU MALO. An Iraq native is among the hundreds or so players battling out for supremacy in the Vodafone’s Oceania Futsal Championship in Suva.
Despite losing some of his loved ones in his war torn motherland, Bark Al Suadi the New Zealand assistant coach and player stills loves what he likes the best -soccer in his adopted country.
“I lost some of my extended families in the war back home in Iraq,” Suadi told SUNsports yesterday.
“You see the world and how it should be run in terms of its politics and things like that.
“In NZ everything is good and ideal but in the Middle East is really sad and contradictory to what people say and the saddest things of all a lot of people accept what’s happening without raising their voices.”
“But one person cannot change it all and me crying it over won’t help anything so I will just do my best for everything in life and hopefully change others.”
Saudi migrated to New Zealand with his parents and his brothers in 1996 and soccer has been part of his life.
“I have been playing soccer in the streets since I was three or for years old and I never regretted playing soccer but I would probably regret when I stopped.”
“I migrated to NZ in 1996, it’s always at the back of your mind of what’s happening in Iraq but now NZ is home to me.”
“People in NZ are very lovely just like the people here in Fiji, very accepting despite different religions, cultures and the skin colors that made me to adapt very easily.”
“Being selected to play for the Kiwis is an honour for him let alone being the assistant coach.
“I feel proud to become the assistant coach for NZ and being player and now I’m thinking of coaching in NZ, Fiji or any other nations in the region because Futsal is a very good game. That’s the reason why the Brazilians are number one in the world because they play a lot of Futsal.”
As for his team’s chances at the Futsal championship, Suadi has high hopes.
“Winning is our top priority, we don’t come here to make up numbers. All the Pacific Islands nation players are always skillful, very fast and natural players and it it’s always good in playing against them.
“Our chance is good and if we stick to our structure and keep the discipline, things will go well.”
“We look forward to the game on Sunday against the Solomon Islands and I think the host (Fiji) will be tough also especially with the home crowd, the condition and the home ground.”
“But that won’t tarnish our dreams of becoming number one because we have trained hard for it.”
“This is the first time for me to come here and Fiji is a nice tropical place and different to NZ, very green, hot humid, prices expensive but that’s good and people are nice.”
He is also trying his best to play his trade alongside the best in Brazil.
And the dream of re-visiting his motherland will be always one of his wishes.
“That is the wish of everybody to return to their homeland but currently the condition doesn’t allow that so at the moment NZ is good.”
“So I am an Iraq-Kiwi,” he added.



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