Football

Utilise Your Talents Well, Says Koleta

“It means a lot to be playing for Fiji. I’ve always wanted to play for the national team and I will keep chasing my dream. I still have that hope that one day I will get to play in the World Cup.
30 Aug 2020 08:50
Utilise Your Talents Well, Says Koleta
Koleta Likuculacula Maramanitavutu shows her football skills. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Koleta Likuculacula Maramanitavuto always had this passion of playing football right from an early age. The 20-year-old lass, from Delasui in Tailevu, grew up in Ba.

This was where she got connected with the sport and was able to represent Fiji at the age of 16.

“I grew up in Naidrodro FSC (Fiji Sugar Corporation) compound,” she said.

Naidrodro is where most of the country’s legendary footballers like Jone Nakosia, Inia Bola, Kini Mocelutu, Josaia Tubuna, Joe Kurivitu, Julie Sami, Ravuama Madigi, Esala Masi, Vimal Sami and Manoa Masi were born and bred.

“At Naidrodro, I always played football with the boys in my area. This provided me the opportunity to improve my ball control skills, kicking, passing and enhancing my football talent.”

Koleta said Ba was known as a football crazy town and making it to the district or national team was a big thing for the families there.

“I used to train with the Ba women’s team when I was in Class 8. That was in 2016 and I was given a chance to play and never looked back,” she recalled.

Koleta said coach Charlene Lockington played a crucial role in her development as a player.

“I still rate Charlene as the best coach,” she added.

Koleta said donning the national jumper was one of the highlights of her young sporting career and now she aims to play for Fiji in the next FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“It means a lot to be playing for Fiji. I’ve always wanted to play for the national team and I will keep chasing my dream. I still have that hope that one day I will get to play in the World Cup.

“We (women) have the sporting talents as well but we should not be hiding behind closed doors. We should come out and show our talent and chase our dream.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re 30- years-old. Nothing is too late. I’ve been playing football for five to six years now and I know the benefits of playing.”

Koleta said for her playing football it is more than a game.

“It teaches me many lessons in life. As players we need to have teamwork, discipline, perseverance, goal setting and how to handle success or failure.

“But looking at women football in the country it’s still developing but we need more competition just like the men.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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