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SIVOKI TO CHERISH WINNING GOAL

The winning goal against Solomon Islands in the second international friendly will always be cherished by the Vodafone Fiji national defender Kolinio Sivoki. A proud Sivoki said it was his
01 Jun 2017 11:00
SIVOKI TO CHERISH WINNING GOAL
Vodafone Fiji national football defender Kolinio Sivoki celebrates his goal against Solomon Islands in the second leg of the international friendly at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Photo: Avikash Chand

The winning goal against Solomon Islands in the second international friendly will always be cherished by the Vodafone Fiji national defender Kolinio Sivoki.

A proud Sivoki said it was his first goal in the international arena.

“This was my first goal for Fiji and I am proud to score and make the team win,” Sivoki said.

The Navua native said he thanked God for giving him confident and power in taking the free kick in the 60th minute.

“I don’t know what came in mind to take that free-kick but I was confident to slot that goal in so I called out to the boys that I will take that shot,” he said.

“It was a sure thing to score with a curling shot and it just happened as I had planned. It is a sweet memory to score for Fiji as thousands of fans watched,” Sivoki said.

The 22-year-old, who played for the Fijian Under-20 in the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2015, said there was teamwork in the victory.

“We played as team and we won as a team, “the Lautoka defender said.

Sivoki said he had missed a golden opportunity to play in the first ever Rio Olympics and was still regretting that opportunity.

“I know I had missed my chance in playing for the team in the Rio Olympics but I have promised myself to do my best and keep my self-discipline.

“Now I have one thing in mind that I will have pride for my nation and whenever given chance I will prove it,” Sivoki said.

The former Fijian under 20 rep said he was thankful to Fiji FA for giving him another chance to be part of the national team.

Meanwhile midfielder Epeli Saukuru was also overjoyed after scoring the opener against Solomon Islands in the first leg of the series which ended in a 1-1 draw.

“This is my first goal in the international arena and I am proud that I have scored,” Saukuru said.

The Rewa utility thanked coach Gamel for looking at his caliber and giving chance to don the national jumper.

“I must thank Gamel for seeing my qualities and giving me a chance to be part of this young team.”

He dedicated his goal to his wife Monica, son Epeli Saukuru Junior, families and all the football fans.



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