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Dutt Has High Hopes For Football Career

  Eighteen-year-old Cynthia Dutt’s interest in football began with encouragement from her parents and teachers. Dutt has represented Fiji at Under-18 level in a Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) sanctioned tournament
03 Dec 2018 10:08
Dutt Has High Hopes For Football Career
Young footballer Cynthia Dutt. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

 

Eighteen-year-old Cynthia Dutt’s interest in football began with encouragement from her parents and teachers.

Dutt has represented Fiji at Under-18 level in a Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) sanctioned tournament last year.

She traveled to New-Zealand with the team, gaining a lot of exposure.

“It was a really good moment for me because I have always dreamt of representing my country,” she said.

“I started playing when I was in form 3 and that time, my teacher guided me all throughout.

“At home, my parents also gave me the encouragement which I needed most.”

She was also included in the the Labasa women’s side playing the Northern Women’s League, and featured against Seaqaqa last Saturday.

“We are determined to win and qualify for the Inter-District Championship (IDC),” Dutt said.

She is also a prominent member of her school team, Labasa College.

Joining the school team was a big moment for Dutt.

“This is when the sport became a reality for me,” she said.

“It was tough being the only Indo-Fijian girl playing the sport in my school.

“It is important for people to change their mindset as to how they see girls and their involvement in sports.”

She is the eldest of three siblings and resides in Tuatua, Labasa.

Dutt says she would like to see more women involved in sports in Fiji.

Her plan for now is to continue with the sport with the hope of making it to the national team.

 

-Edited by Sheldon Chanel

Feedback: yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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