Opinion

College to re-write history book

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial College is well known for its soccer team which has been the Under- 19 grade champion for two years in
17 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial College is well known for its soccer team which has been the Under- 19 grade champion for two years in a row.
Last year Sangam SKM College created their own piece of history again by qualifying as the Nadi district champions.
This marvelous achievement is a symbol of commitment and dedication by the teachers, players and parents in training and preparing the team.
The school’s soccer head coach Vimlesh Goundar said this year the school’s soccer teams aim to finish well above all the rest as they would try to win all the three secondary school grades.
Mr Goundar who has been involved with the school’s soccer team for five years said his boys are determined to do their part for the school by winning the U-15, U-17 and U-19 grades.
“Training has been going on well and we usually train from 3.30pm to 4.30pm everyday and this year we plan to deliver something special for the school.”
The school team aims to retain lost pride in their U- 15 grade which they once dominated.
The U-15 grade had won the title five years in a row from 2001 to 2006 but failed to make it last year.
“We have made up our mind to regain our glory in that grade plus retaining our U-19 from last year. Why go for these two grades only when we can also try to win the U-17 grade as well so the boys are focused at the task ahead.”
Mr Goundar said they have six coaching staff altogether who are focused at the task before them.
Being involved with Sangam SKM College soccer for five years Mr Goundar said he has enjoyed every moment of it.
“Instructing the boys during training and watching them play according to those instructions is one of the greatest moment in coaching. But however winning a tournament is the best feeling of all where all the hard work is being paid off.” However last year, the head coach and his coaching staff faced their first setback when they were told that they could not participate in the Fiji Football Association’s Interdistrict Championship.
“We had qualified to participate in the IDC tournament since we were the Nadi zone champs but due to some protest made on technical ground we weren’t allowed to participate at all.”
Mr Goundar said they were disappointed and for the first time he had felt hurt to lose out an opportunity that they had worked hard for.
But all of that is now water under the bridge.
“For us it is the past and the school’s soccer team won’t cry over spilt milk which is why we have planned to go an extra mile further this year.”
For younger students who wish to represent the school in soccer, Mr Goundar said this would be possible through hard work.
“My advise to young players is that they should work and train hard but they must remember that discipline is the key. If they could adjust themselves well to this then they will make a name for themselves in soccer or whatever sports they plan to pursue,” he added.




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