Football | SPORTS

Teen Continues Grandfather’s Legacy

Following her grandfather’s footsteps in represent­ing Labasa in football, Anasimeci Vulitikoro now sets her mind in donning the nation­al colours in the near future.
09 Mar 2022 13:35
Teen Continues Grandfather’s Legacy
Petero Namoce (right) with Anasimeci Vulitikoro during the celebration dinner at their home in Vatulovona, Wailevu, Macuata on March 5, 2022. Photo: Laisa Lui

Following her grandfather’s footsteps in represent­ing Labasa in football, Anasimeci Vulitikoro now sets her mind in donning the nation­al colours in the near future.

Anasimeci was one of the three women that scored the four goals that sent Ba home empty-handed in the recent Digicel Women’s Interdistrict final at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva.

Lethal striker and national rep Cema Nasau struck twice in the final while Stella Naivalulevu and Anasimeci scored a goal each for Labasa’s four goals.

Her grandfather Petero Namoce, the former Labasa football goal­keeper during the family gath­ering to celebrate Anasimeci’s achievement said perseverance paid off in her achievement.

“Labasa created history by beat­ing the women champions Ba, we have all the reason to celebrate,” Namoce said.

“Their bringing home the wom­en’s IDC trophy was through team work.

“Skills and talents are meant to be tapped into and sharpened through perseverance and hard work, so when you die, you have fully exposed the talents you have,” he added.

“Such talent is from God and should be utilised, winning is al­ways rewarding and fulfilling as it brings good fortune to the fam­ily.

“When you’re obedient to sim­ple things, you will excel in great­er things.

“Therefore to be successsul you must obey your parents as they are your God on earth.

“Women participating in sports have brought a lot of positivity into our families and Anasime­ci’s achievement will encourage other women and girl to work on opportunities and succeed.”

The Year 13 Waiqele College stu­dent, was grateful for her family’s support.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family’s support, they are always there for me whether I am training or playing in a match,” she said.

“I want to continue the legacy of my grandfather; I aim to also represent Fiji in football.”

Feedback: laisa.lui@fijisun.com.fj



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