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Keeping An Eye On Our Goalkeepers

It’s going to be the battle of the goalkeepers during the Vodafone Fiji FACT 2017 tournament which kickoff next Thursday at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Looking back at the past
14 May 2017 11:00
Keeping An Eye On Our Goalkeepers
Simione Tamanisau (left) in action during last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Zimbio

It’s going to be the battle of the goalkeepers during the Vodafone Fiji FACT 2017 tournament which kickoff next Thursday at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

Looking back at the past tournaments, goalkeepers play a crucial role in their team’s success.

In the late 1970s during Ba’s Interdistrict Championship (IDC) six-year in a row reign, they had the great Bale Raniga in goal while Nadi then banked on Savenaca Waqa when they won the National Football League comp.

Over the years, we’ve seen the rise of many goalkeepers who starred during their team’s success.

Lautoka’s Nasoni Buli who played for the national team when they upset the Australian Socceroos 1-0 in 1988, Tagi Vonolagi of Nasinu who later went on to captain the national football team to their first ever Pacific Games gold medal win in Papua New Guinea in 1995, Petero Namoce who was Labasa’s hero during their historic IDC win in 1992 and Josateki Kurivitu who was Nadroga’s kingpin when they dominated the local football scene in the late 1980s.

So, let’s take a look at our current goalkeepers and what impact they may have for their team:

 

  • BENIAMINO MATEINAQARA (LAUTOKA):

He is national football coach Christophe Gamel’s first choice goalkeeper. Mateinaqara has come of age and knows what it takes to win tournaments. Since joining the Blues they have managed to win last year’s Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament and this year’s Pillay’s Garment Champion versus Champion series.

 

  • SIMIONE TAMANISAU (REWA):

He is the country’s most experienced goalkeeper. Tamanisau gave a sterling performance for the Fiji Under-23 football team during last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He is the mainstay of the Rewa side and when it comes to the crunch time- coach Marika Rodu can always count on him.

 

  • VERETI DICKSON (NADI):

One of the impressive goalkeepers in the country. A player to watch at the Fiji FACT!

 

  • AKUILA MATEISUVA (LABASA):

The Babasiga Lions captain always gives his all, a good organiser and always urges his team mates on.

 

  • TEVITA KOROI (SUVA):

A promising goalkeeper who only needs to be given game time. Getting more game time is going to boost Koroi’s performance.

We should remember that it was Koroi who was the unsung hero of the 2016 Olympic Games qualifier in PNG.

He was the man between the post when we beat Vanuatu on penalty shootouts in the final to book a spot for the Olympics.

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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