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Keep Momentum: Former Captain Cakau Tells Players

“We have a lot of talented players who are now in the team, and they are well trained and better prepared. We should support them if they are going to make it to the Olympic Games team."
29 Feb 2020 10:26
Keep Momentum: Former Captain Cakau Tells Players
Former national 7s captain Setefano Cakau at Nasasa, Navua on February 28, 2020. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team have been urged to keep on the momentum in tomorrow’s Los Angeles Sevens in Dignity Sports & Health Park, USA.

That was the gist of former national 7s captain Setefano Cakau’s message to the team yesterday.

“Our players are doing well now,” he said after their disappointing start in Dubai, Cape Town and Hamilton before bouncing back to win the Sydney tournament early this month.

“We have a lot of talented players who are now in the team, and they are well trained and better prepared. We should support them if they are going to make it to the Olympic Games team.

“I encourage our boys to keep the momentum going with their hard work and commitment.”

TABADAMU CLUB

Cakau who is now based in Australia said he will not stop supporting the Tabadamu Rugby club after the death of their manager and older brother Leo Naikasau (Snr).

“It’ll take time for me to mourn the death of my late brother before I get back to the players,” he said.

Cakau said the players were given a break this week as they prepare for the funeral service of the late Naikasau (Snr).

He said plans were already set for the Marist Sevens.

“We have Ulai and Jale who are now looking after the boys for the upcoming tournaments. They will continue training the team from next week. I give my best wishes to the team for the upcoming Marist 7s tournament.”

Cakau said three players of the Tabadamu 7s team are members of the Fijian 7s training squad.

With the team in Los Angeles for the World Sevens Series are forward Apenisa Cakaubalavu and utility player Asaeli Tuivuaka.

PLANS

Cakau is now focused on completing his Level 2 coaching certificate in Australia.

“I won’t rush coming back to Fiji. We have some family plans that are already in place. If God wants me to return home, let his will be done,” he added.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team with Southbay Davui officials in Los Angeles, USA on February 27, 2020. Back (left-right) Naca Cawanibuka (strength and conditioning coach), Kavekini Tabu, Meli Derenalagi (captain), Kalioni Nasoko, Josua Vakurinabili, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Apenisa Cakabalavu, Brad Harris (assistant coach). Middle (left-right) Livai Ikanikoda, Jerry Tuwai, Asaeli Tuivuaka, Alasio Naduva, Waisea Nacuqu, Vilimoni Botitu, Suliano Volivoli, Aminiasi Tuimaba. Front: SBD officials and Napolioni Bolaca (third from left). Photo: Southbay Davui

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team with Southbay Davui officials in Los Angeles, USA on February 27, 2020. Back (left-right) Naca Cawanibuka (strength and conditioning coach), Kavekini Tabu, Meli Derenalagi
(captain), Kalioni Nasoko, Josua Vakurinabili, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Apenisa Cakabalavu, Brad Harris (assistant coach). Middle (left-right) Livai Ikanikoda, Jerry Tuwai, Asaeli Tuivuaka, Alasio Naduva, Waisea Nacuqu, Vilimoni Botitu, Suliano Volivoli, Aminiasi Tuimaba. Front: SBD officials and Napolioni Bolaca (third from left). Photo: Southbay Davui

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj


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