The Greenstar Football Club of Nadroga had the reason to celebrate despite losing the Vodafone National Regional Club Championship final against Kasavu FC of Rewa at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last Sunday.
Former Greenstar FC, Nadroga and National rep Waisea Tale praised the young brigadiers of Cuvu.
“I am sure we all are proud today (Sunday) despite the loss because we lost to an experienced team which has national and district reps,” said Tale
“Our team has 100 percent boys from Cuvu and we are so proud to say we believe in home grown talents and hats off to the heroes of our community Cuvu,”
“We are one, we are united as one, we believe in each other despite of any religions or race we trust and respect each and that is what our children are following,”
Tale said it took him back in 1992 when they played in the final of NCC and won.
“Watching at the final today (Sunday) reminds me of our days playing in the final against Civic FC and we won the title for third time that year and I am happy that we have some our Greenstar players supporting the team here today,” ,” said former Nadroga coach
“We have former reps Archie Watkins, Emosi Watkins, Kemeli Tuilawaki, Mohammed Shamim Baale, Masi Natisiwai with the team and motivating them.
Tale said he was in tears when the team defeated the defending champions Yalalevu Club Football in the semi-finals.
“It was the proud moment for all of us here as well when our boys won against the champion club of Ba in the semi-final. We were up with two goals but ended in a 2-all draw but it was our day that we won in the penalty kicks,”
Tale said he was a proud parent as well.
“It was the proud moment f my two kids are doing their best for team and community. My eldest son plays goalkeeper and the other one play as striker for the club. I was overjoyed when Benjamin dived on his left to stop Malakai Tiwa’s penalty kick which gave us the win and my namesake scored a goal in the game and also in the penalty kicks”.
Club vice president Nitin Kumar said their success was because of the unity in the community.
“Well the success is through unity that’s above everything all. The community gets together and supports the team and the players are really good and disciplined, “said Kumar
Kumar said they have reached the final that was the biggest achievement for them.
“Not only I am proud but the whole Cuvu community is proud that we have reached the final after 30 years.”
The former rep said football in Sigatoka has got live now.
“Really after the Nadroga football team got the promotion and won the Courts IDC, football has become lively and that is another reason we have been successful in the championship,” said Kumar
Coach Terrnace Odean saluted his players for the brave performance.
“The boys played their heart out and I am so happy that they did their best in the championship. We played won one pool match and beating the defending champions was the boost.”
“We have not lost anything in the final but the boys got the exposure playing against some of the country’s best players and that’s is prize,” said Odean
The coach/ players thanked his players, officials and fans for the support.
“I must thank my players, officials and fans for coming as one and supporting.
The Greenstar FC received $1500 as prize money and also was awarded the Fair Play Team of the Tournament while their striker Zain Ali scooped the Best Valuable Player of the Tournament Award.