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Rokovucake Follows Grandad’s Footsteps

Pearl Rokovucake is following in the footsteps of her grandfather and former Rewa star goalkeeper Eroni Kubulala to play football at the national level. The 12-year-old from Naitasiri is one
29 Apr 2017 11:10
Rokovucake Follows Grandad’s Footsteps
U16 national girls team members touch up on their dribbling skills while training at the FFA ground. From left, Wilma Baleirara, youngest team member Pearl Rokovucake 12 and 13 years old Adi Litia Bakaniceva. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Pearl Rokovucake is following in the footsteps of her grandfather and former Rewa star goalkeeper Eroni Kubulala to play football at the national level.

The 12-year-old from Naitasiri is one of the three players in the Vodafone Fijian Under-16 national girls extended squad.

Being the youngest player on the team, Rokovucake says, she wants to continue their family tradition.

“My friends in school got me into soccer and now I love it,” Rokovucake said.

“The reason I want to continue playing is because my grandfather used to play and I want to continue that tradition.

“My family are proud of me and have told me to work hard and give my best, so I’m happy that I have been part of this squad,” Rokovucake said.

“I have learnt a lot, how to pass the ball and dribble it and kick it at goal. I love making new friends and I have learnt a lot from the other girls as well.

“I want to make my family proud and I know I am still young and have a lot to improve on.”

Football is a sport that Rokovucake wants to take up professionally and hopefully join bigger clubs.

Today will be the last day the 32-member squad will spend together before head coach Marika Rodu reduces the squad to 25.

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