Football

Women Excel In League

Fiji Football Association vice-president Susan Wise praised Rewa Football for having confidence in a women footballer.
12 Nov 2021 11:07
Women Excel In League
From left: Jemaima Rao, fourth assistant referee and interim Rewa coach Naomi Waqanidrola during the Digicel Premier League clash between Lautoka and Rewa at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on November 7, 2021. Photo: Fiji FA Media

It was a proud moment for Fijian women in football during the Digicel Premier League clash between Rewa and Lautoka at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, last Sunday.

Naomi Waqanidrola is the first woman in the country to coach a premier division team. She guided Rewa from the bench in their 3-0 loss to Lautoka.

The Rewa and national football rep stood in for head coach Rodicks Singh after he copped a red card in the match against Suva.

The other woman was Jemaima Rao who was the fourth assistant referee, in the same match.

 

Confidence

Fiji Football Association vice-president Susan Wise praised Rewa Football for having confidence in a women footballer.

“I think this is the first time I have seen a women coach in the premier level which is very good exposure for her. I thank Rewa for giving Naomi the opportunity,” Wise told Fiji FA Media.

“Fiji FA is committed to the growth of women football in the country, and this is another step ahead.

“I congratulate both of them for a job well done,” said Wise

Rewa FC president Nazeel Buksh said they had faith in Waqanidrola.

“Well she has come through our system and has been with us for a long so we gave her the opportunity to replace Singh who was suspended for the match.

“We are proud of Naomi as she is a C-License coach and a very passionate footballer.”

 



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