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Humble Veitokani Deserves It: Dad

He is always humble,looks after his sisters, parents. He is a quiet child in the house but always wants to prove himself on the field
03 Mar 2019 14:50
Humble Veitokani Deserves It: Dad
Jolame Turaganiqali, 61, receives the Fiji Sports Council 2018 Sportsman of the Year award on behalf of his son Alivereti Veitokani from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the FMF Gymnasium, Suva on March 1, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua and Flying Fijians first five- eighth Alifereti Veitokani’s humility and determination on and off the field enabled him to win the Fiji Tattslotto Sportsman of the Year award.

Receiving his award on his behalf on Friday was his father Jolame Turaganiqali who believes his son deserves the award.

“He is always humble,looks after his sisters, parents. He is a quiet child in the house but always wants to prove himself on the field.

“He obeys us, 100 per cent for rug­by, attends church, never misses it, I think he deserves the award.”

Turaganiqali also said Veitokani first plan when he joined London Irish Exiles was to renovate and ex­tend their house.

“Not only that but to also help his relatives who are in need,” Turaga­niqali said.

“I always remind him to think of God put him first in every decision he’s going to make on the field.

“I also tell him to be kind and re­spect all regardless of age or race,” he added.

The former Ratu Kadavulevu School student currently plays for London Irish Exiles in the Greene King IPA Championship in Eng­land.

London Irish director Declan Kid­ney said; “Alifereti is a player with talent and potential. He will find the championship more structured compared to what he is used to in Fiji.”

Veitokani was the standout per­former in the 2018 Australia Na­tional Rugby Championship win­ning the tournament’s Rising Star Award. He was also named the 2018 Fijiana Drua player at the Fiji Rug­by Awards Night last month.

Edited by Osea Bola

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