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Mohammed privileged to debut for Fiji U19

Brisbane-based Mustafa Mohammed has sacrificed a lot to achieve his father’s dream – to play for the Digicel Fiji football age group side.
25 Aug 2022 15:15
Mohammed privileged to debut for Fiji U19
Digicel national Under-19 football rep Mustafa Mohammed (left) with his father Ifraz Mohammed. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Brisbane-based Mustafa Mo­hammed has sacrificed a lot to achieve his father’s dream – to play for the Digicel Fiji football age group side.

The Brisbane Roar U23 rep is cur­rently part of the 25-member Bula Boys Junior side that is in New Zealand for friendly matches ahead of the 2022 OFC Under-19 champi­onship in Tahiti next month.

Mohammed, 17, is one of the top midfielders in the team; he has had to sacrifice his Year 12 exami­nation at the Marsden State High School and forfeit his school tour to Spain for the Bula Boys’ trials.

His father is Ifraz Mohammed for­merly of Mulomulo, Nadi who had represented the Fijian U-17 before migrating overseas in 1998.

His strengths lie in long distance passing with accuracy, reading the game more than body control, physical and mental strength.

His favourite position is at the center back and midfield.

“My family and I feel proud to represent my heritage and also give back to my parents who are very supportive of me,” Moham­med said.

“My dad had talked to me about playing for Fiji when I was younger so it was always at the back of my head. COVID had interfered with the 2020 trials but here I am.

“I’m playing with these boys who are very good; all are talented and hardworking.

Mohammed was born in Kogarah, New South Wales.

He currently plays for the Bris­bane Roar Academy U23 side. He has played right from the U15 side, the academy and even at the NPL in Queensland.

In 2017 he competed at the Pacific Cup held in Adelaide. He captained the U14 Metro team at the 2018 FFA Youth Championship compet­ing against all State and A-league Academy teams at the Cex Interna­tional Stadium, Coffs Habour.

In 2019, he was privileged to cap­tain the U15 Metro team at the FFA Youth Champs.

“It’s an opportunity for him to prove himself while representing Fiji and make the team qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup. That’s a big opportunity for him he holds the Fiji team high and his team mates,” his father, Irfaz said.

Irfaz has represented district and the regional Queensland side.

“Mustafa has done a lot of sac­rifice since he was 10 years old. Playing semi-professional now, he has had good coaches, and private training. Without his hard work and my input of hard work, this would not have been possible.”

“He had to sacrifice his Year 12 ex­amination and even missed out in the Spain trials a few months ago.”

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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