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Dogalau Ties Knot, Navua Next

The Naivicula, Wainibuka, Tailevu native made his debut for Ba in 2019.
29 Nov 2021 12:20
Dogalau Ties Knot, Navua Next
Ba midfielder Etonia Moceituba Dogalau (left) with his wife Grace Petueli. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Promising Ba midfielder, Etonia Moceituba Dogalau, married his girlfriend Grace Petueli in a solemn ceremony in Ba last week.

Dogalau told SUNsports that they first met during the 2019 Champion versus Champion series at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, where Ba played Labasa. And they never looked back since then. 

“I just had to pop the question to her and she agreed,” he said.  

“Being married makes me feel like a new person that comes with responsibility as a husband and a soon to be father.”

Dogalau said they had to get married because Ba were having a break from the Digicel Premier League competition.

“Ba had a bye and I was looking forward to celebrate this event.” 

The 20-year-old has been a regular starter in Ba’s line-up during the DPL competition.

Dogalau is the son of former Ba and Fiji football midfielder Meli Delai while his uncle Lote Delai is regarded as one the country’s legendary defenders.

“I want to follow the footsteps of my dad and uncle,” he said.

“I did not see them play but what I’ve heard is that they were very good, very skilful and they had brought so many victories to Ba and the national team as well.”  

The Naivicula, Wainibuka, Tailevu native made his debut for Ba in 2019.  

During the 2020 season he featured for New Zealand Labasa FC and Manukau United FC in New Zealand. 

Dogalau grew up in Naidrodro, Ba, and attended the Fiji Sugar Corporation Primary School from 2007 to 2014. For his secondary school studies he attended AD Patel College before moving to Mount Albert Grammar School in New Zealand under a football scholarship.

He first started at striker while representing the Ba age group teams from 2009 to 2014. 

He played alongside team-mates Lorima Batirerega Jnr, Peceli Sukabula, Mitieli Naika, and Rahul Naresh.  

“I played striker from Under-10 to Under-14 then coach, Jim Seru switched me to the midfield position,” he said.

Dogalau said he enjoys playing in the DPL.

“We were on bye last weekend and we are playing Navua next. We just have to lift our game since we have a youthful side and hope to finish well in the DPL,” he added.

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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