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Proud Moment For Nasoko’s Teacher

  As Vodafone Fijian 7s forward, Kalione Nasoko takes the field today at the Singapore National Stadium, one man will be watching anxiously. That is Nasoko’s high school teacher Nadeem
15 Apr 2017 11:42
Proud Moment For Nasoko’s Teacher
From left: Vodafone Fijian 7s trainer Naca Cawanibuka, Kalione Nasoko and Waisale Serevi in Hong Kong. Photo: FRU Media.

 

As Vodafone Fijian 7s forward, Kalione Nasoko takes the field today at the Singapore National Stadium, one man will be watching anxiously.

That is Nasoko’s high school teacher Nadeem Mohammed.

Last Sunday, was a proud moment for the Nadi Muslim College teacher when he watched Nasoko scored two tries in the Hong Kong Sevens Cup final. Then later, was named the Player of the Final and received his award from HSBC ambassador and former rugby great Brian O’Driscoll.

“I’m so proud of him and the boys for their wonderful performance,” Mohammed said.

“I kept telling my family that he was one of my students when he was playing.”

Mohammed was transferred to Nadi Muslim College in 2009 and headed a classroom of Year 12 students that included Nasoko.

“I was their English teacher. I remembered him (Nasoko) as a quiet boy but was very passionate when it came to rugby. He was tall probably the tallest in the form. That time nobody would have thought that he will be playing at the Hong Kong Sevens.

“The way he started off this season I knew there were big things coming up for him. This is because from every game he kept on improving. So last Sunday night he really played an outstanding game and when he received the award and being interviewed, I could recall those cheeky moments in the classroom.

“In 2009, the principal at that time requested that I take responsibility of the form. I took on the challenge and today I’m very happy that one of the students is making a name for himself at the world stage.”

Mohammed who is also a qualified football coach has gone on to encourage teachers and parents not to undermine students who are not good academically.

“There are so many other things that our students can excel in. Many are given such talents and one example is Roy Krishna in football where he finished form six and continued on and now we have Kalione Nasoko. Although he does not have any contract at the moment, the way he has started and made a mark at the world level, shows a lot of promise for him.

“Every student is important regardless of their performance either academically or in sports. Nasoko was a very shy boy but what he has done has made us really proud.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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