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Fijians Adopt Lincoln Heights

The Fijians have been paired with Lincoln Heights School and Henderson Intermediated  School. The teams clash in the first match of the OFC President’s Cup at 7.30pm tomorrow at the
16 Nov 2014 09:36
Fijians Adopt Lincoln Heights
A member of the Vodafone Fiji Under-20 football team shows some soccer juggling skills in New Zealand yesterday.

The Fijians have been paired with Lincoln Heights School and Henderson Intermediated  School.

The teams clash in the first match of the OFC President’s Cup at 7.30pm tomorrow at the Trusts Arena in Auckland.

Through a joint partnership, UNICEF and Oceania Football Confederation have joined to celebrate 25 years of children’s rights during this year’s inaugural OFC President’s Cup.

One aspect of that partnership is giving participating teams an adopted school based in west Auckland..

Lincoln Heights School student Johnny Coutts says his favourite part of the visit from the Fiji squad was checking out their skills.

“They’re really good! I’ve never seen them on TV but their skills were just unbelievable, I was surprised,” he said.

“I think the most impressive thing was the Round the World.

“A bit of practice and maybe I’ll be able to do it one day.”

Fiji U20 midfielder Garish Prasad says he was just as impressed by the students and their skills – but the sheer delight the students got out of meeting the team was what impressed upon him the most.

“This was my first experience and was really good to meet the children,” he said.

“It’s a really big thing for me because it’s the first time I’ve seen kids being really big fans of us. It’s quite surprising really that they would want our autographs, but quite an amazing feeling.”

Amicale captain Esava Naqelecca says interacting with children is part of his club’s philosophy, which is why they leaped at the chance to be involved.

As well as taking part in a Question and Answer session with the students, the players were able to run through some basic drills with them – something the Fiji U-20 players used to show off their impressive ball skills.

Feedback:  sportsdesk@fijisun.com.fj

 



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