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Winners Don’t Quit, Says Logaivau

  Stylish Labasa football midfielder Ilisoni Logaivau has come a long way in his football career. Speaking to SUNsports on Thursday, Logaivau says, having a teachable attitude has helped him
16 Jun 2018 10:47
Winners Don’t Quit, Says Logaivau
Ilisoni Logaivau at Subrail Park, Labasa on June 14, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

Stylish Labasa football midfielder Ilisoni Logaivau has come a long way in his football career. Speaking to SUNsports on Thursday, Logaivau says, having a teachable attitude has helped him progress.

“That goes with hard work and we should never give up on our dreams even though when people around you have given up.”

Logaivau has been nicknamed “Human Bulldozer” by footbal fans simply because of his dribbling skills that often see him get through the narrowest of gap. He has represented the Vodafone national football team and also played for Rewa a few years back.

Most players took years to build-up their career but for Logaivau he started playing at the age of nine. He was following the footsteps of his older brothers Usenio and Sirino Logaivau.

Usenio who is now based in America was a former national football star defender while Sirino played striker for Labasa.

They attended Holy Family Secondary School, an institution renowned for producing top football players like Ivor Evans, Melton Simmons, Solomone Seruiratu, Jope Lomu, Taniela Tuilevuka, Eugene Willams and the list goes on.

The 27-year-old said, despite not being able to attend any prominent schools that were known for football, he never gave up.

“My parents are farmers so they were not fortunate enough to send me to a school famous for producing football players,” he said.

“So I went to a local school in Labasa and then to Labasa Sangam College. This did not stop me from wanting to play football. I joined the Labasa Youth team and from then on I started taking the sport seriously.

“I’m thankful for the divine help which enabled me to grow as a player. I want to thank the Lord for assisting me in my career since I was a little boy,” he said.

Logaivau also represented the Fijian Under-20 and Under-23 teams in 2012 and 2013 during the Oceania Football competition in the Solomon Islands and New Zealand.

His advice to young football players is to keep pursuing their dreams and never give up.

“They’ve got to be confident in what they do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all odds,” he added.

Meanwhile, Logaivau said he was working on improving his fitness as his plays in today’s Vodafone Premier League clash against Lautoka at Subrail Park, Labasa. The match kicks-off at 1.30pm

 

Edited by  Leone  Cabenatabua

Feedback:  nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj



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