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Strikers Delight

Iosefo Verevou, Saula Waqa and Atonio Tuivuna are all delighted to be part of history. This was after they scored four goals in three pool games during the FIFA U20
09 Jun 2015 09:21
Strikers Delight
Historic goal scorers ... Vodafone Fijian Under-20 reps, from left, Iosefo Verevou, Saula Waqa and Atonia Tuivuna at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Iosefo Verevou, Saula Waqa and Atonio Tuivuna are all delighted to be part of history.

This was after they scored four goals in three pool games during the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Verevou, who scored two goals, was grateful for being given the second chance after he was disciplined by the Fiji Football Association for breaking camp.

“I won’t fall into that trap again and I’m grateful for being given the second chance,” Verevou said.

“And to score two goals in the World Cup will something I will always cherish.

“I’m happy to be the first Fijian to score not one but two goals. It was a different level of competition in New Zealand I did not expect to score two goals.”

Waqa, who was brought up by his mother, attended Arya Kanya Pathshala Primary School before Kamil College and Ba Sangam College.

“From an early age all my friends were mostly Indians,” Waqa said.

“My mum struggled as I started playing without proper gear. Now I have a lot of friends around me. I will always be grateful to mother.

“I’ve never played striker before as I was centre back. But that changed in New Zealand and I’m grateful I took part and contributed in Fiji’s first Cup appearance.

“I’m grateful to the selectors and the coach for having me in the team.”

Midfielder Atonio Tuivuna enjoyed the experience.

“Playing in the World Cup is a dream come true. The players need more exposure. This is a great team we just have to keep building for the future.”

He hopes to play for Jack’s Nadi this Friday against Lautoka.

 

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