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Learn From Defeat: A-G

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum ap­plauded the concept of in­volving young people in sports early in life. The Attorney-General, Minister for Economy, Education, Public En­terprises, Civil Service & Commu­nication, made the comment when
18 Oct 2018 10:00
Learn From Defeat: A-G
Attorney-General and Minister for Education, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (standing 11th from right ) with Fiji Football officials and participants during the opening of the 43rd Fiji Primary Schools Inter-District Championship at Churchill Park, Lautoka on October 17, 2018 Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum ap­plauded the concept of in­volving young people in sports early in life.

The Attorney-General, Minister for Economy, Education, Public En­terprises, Civil Service & Commu­nication, made the comment when he officiated at the 43rd Fiji Prima­ry Schools Football Inter-District Championship at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday.

He said countries excelled in sports when they develop their citi­zens at a very young age.

“Sports play a pivotal role in the development of a human being,”Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“It is critical for us as a society, Government and the various as­sociations to support sports be­ing played not only in the primary but secondary schools and beyond that.”

He reminded the young football reps to learn from defeat.

“Not everybody can win but the point is to play your best,”he said.

“If you lose now, you will also be able to focus on how to improve yourself.

“Winning is not exactly every­thing. But you should see defeat as a means of learning from it and be­ing able to win the next time.”

He told participants that in four or eight year’s time they could have the potential to play for Fiji.

“You have the potential to lift the standard of football in Fiji,”he said.

“Fiji is taking part in the qualify­ing rounds of the 2026 FIFA World Cup which is not far away. In 2026 if you are 14 years now you will be 22 years. Those who are 12 years old will be 20 years old.”

He told players to have the dream to play for the national team.

A classic example is French player Kylian Mbappé who is just 19 years old and played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

He also stressed there is a need to strike a balance between academic focus, academic excellence and sporting excellence.

U14 team to tour overseas

Fiji Football Association presi­dent Rajesh Patel said Fiji will be sending a Under-14 team to tour overseas in two years time.

He said players playing in the 2018 Fiji Primary Schools Football IDC will form the core base of the team.

“We will be selecting a Fiji team from this IDC and within two years, I promise these young players will make an overseas tour,” he said.

“The national coach and technical director will be looking at the tal­ents and will be grooming players for the tour.”

He thanked major sponsor Voda­fone who is expected to continue their partnership for another five years.

“Our mission is to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and these play­ers will be part of it,”Patel said.

“We have a ‘Little Bula’ pro­gramme starting next year all over Fiji and it will be fully funded by Fiji FA. We will soon start an acad­emy in Labasa. We have already bought the land and the FIFA grant has been approved. We have got the tenders in to start the project.”

Edited by Osea Bola

waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

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