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Team Dedicates Games To Lockington

The Vodafone Fiji national under women’s team have dedicated their remaining games to Francine Lockington who passed away in Lautoka last Saturday. Coach Saroj Kumar said Francine was their number
20 Jul 2017 10:00
Team Dedicates Games To Lockington
The Vodafone Fijian football team at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Ngahue, Auckland on July 17, 2017. Photo: OFC

The Vodafone Fiji national under women’s team have dedicated their remaining games to Francine Lockington who passed away in Lautoka last Saturday.

Coach Saroj Kumar said Francine was their number one goalkeeper.

“We were shocked by the news of the passing away of Francine,” he said.

The Luisa Tamanitoakula captained side played Samoa last Tuesday wearing black arm bands and observed a minute of silence.

“At first they were down because of what has happened. The girls were crying when they went inside the changing rooms, it was the reason the game was down. We tried to psych them up and boost up their morale. We were playing for her.”

He said they and even with a player down they showed the guts to come back and played even better than the first half.

Samoa he said really played well. “They had us on the back foot most of the game. It was a wonderful performance from them.”

He said they would try to work on their finishing.

“You have seen our build up and our middle part is good but we need some finishing touches so that we can score more goals.”

He said they were playing for Francine. “We missed her on Saturday. Francine was our number one goalkeeper and when they came here to the ground on the bus, normally our team comes in singing but today they came in crying for Francine.”

Kumar said the game was dedicated to Francine. All the games that they would play from today (Tuesday) were for Francine.

Her funeral will be held when the team gets back because the girls want to be part of it.

Lockington was due to travel to New Zealand with her teammates to participate in the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship but withdrew shortly before the team departed Fiji for Auckland due to illness.

A promising young talent, Lockington picked up the Golden Glove award at the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship in 2016, and also won the Fiji FA Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Fiji will play Papua New Guinea tomorrow and their final match will be against New Caledonia next Monday.

Meanwhile OFC president David Chung has also sent his sympathy to Fiji FA and Lokington family for the untimely loss of an uprising footballer.

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