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Kabakoro: Our time was better

By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO A former Suva soccer rep who lifted the Lloyd Farebrother Trophy in 1981 and 1983 from Ba believed current players lack skills and knowledge. Savusavu native Tony
14 Oct 2012 11:25

By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO

A former Suva soccer rep who lifted the Lloyd Farebrother Trophy in 1981 and 1983 from Ba believed current players lack skills and knowledge.
Savusavu native Tony Kabakoro who played as midfield for Suva said that during their time, they had more skilful players upfront, in midfield and in the backline.
“We play with pride for our districts,” he said.
“I don’t see this in young players nowadays and it seems that they don’t have the skills and quality football that we had back then.
“These are some of the areas district teams should to look into if they need to improve locally.
Kabakoro played with Jone Ratu, Aisea Mocelutu, Akuila Ravono, George Samisoni, Robert Mark and HirdeshPrasad, the victorious Suva side that upset soccer giants, Ba twice to claim the IDC title in the 1980s.
One of his most unforgettable moments for Suva was when he set up the 1981 goal that upset Ba fans in the final minutes which was scored by Ratu.
He also said that in the past, soccer attracts big crowds.
“Even when we have the Suva club games, we have big crowds and the ground was always full.
“We don’t see these nowadays and this has got to show that players don’t play with pride when they represent their respective districts.”
He also said that at one time, he had decided to move over to play for Ba. However his family, who are strong Flagstaff supporters, which was once a victorious club team in the Suva, said that if he had to move to Ba he would have to change his name.
This he said were some of the proud moments and how players play for the love of their district.
He however is coming into this year’s IDC as a Savusavu official and this has not deterred his love for his team Suva.
“I will always be for Suva and nothing can take that away from me,” the 53- year-old proudly said.
“I once played for Suva and Suva will always be my team.
“I would like to wish the boys well in the semifinal and I just can’t wait to see them play.




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