COVID-19 Outreach: Fans Back Footballers

Secret donor provides packs for Nadi players.
28 May 2021 11:06
COVID-19 Outreach: Fans Back Footballers
Nadi striker and leading goal scorer Sakaraia Naisua (left) receives a relief pack from team manager Abdul Khan. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Navua football players are grateful to the Pacific Harbour community in Deuba and Make a Difference– Fiji, a non-governmental organisation, in assisting them during the second wave of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Navua defender Mosese Balenagaga, 25, who made his debut in 2019, received a relief pack from Navua Football Association secretary Seini Baleitoga, on Wednesday.

Balenagaga said his family was very appreciative of the kind gesture.

“We do understand that things are tough,” he said.

“The initiative to support players like me who have been most affected during this pandemic.

“My only source of income is the money I’m paid for representing Navua in football.”

Defender Zainal Ali, while receiving his pack, said they were not going to forget what the community had done for them.

“These packs are going to bring happiness to all our families,” the 22-year-old said.

Navua FA president Rajeev Prasad said the initiative was made possible through the support of Make a Difference – Fiji and the community of Pacific Harbour.

“Thank you Make a Difference – Fiji for assisting and donating to Navua FA for the player's welfare during this challenging period,” he added.

“We are all in this together. If you would like to help the players during this period, there is a food box for their Food Drive outside the Rajeev Service Station located at the Arts Village at Pacific Harbour.”

Meanwhile, Nadi FA has completed their third round of distribution to their players last week.

Nadi football team manager Abdul Khan said they managed to deliver the relief packs right up to the Momi checkpoint for seasoned players like Vuniuci Tikomaimereke and Napolioni Qasevakatini.

“The association would like to thank the person who had donated and he didn’t want his name to be published. We hardly find people who are like this,” he said.

Furthermore, Nadroga and Lautoka Football have also assisted their players. Veteran Nadroga striker Osea Vakatalesau said they are grateful to those who thought about them (players) and contributed to their relief packs. May God bless you all abundantly,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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