Six-year-old Liyana Sheza was named the champion of the day in the Punjas Grassroots program that was conducted at Subaril Park, Labasa during the Vodafone Fiji FACT.
Liyana was the best performing participant whose passion for football and dedication from a very early age earned her a free life-time access to all Fiji FA organized matches.
“I felt happy and super excited when my name was announced,” she said.
“My interest grew in soccer by watching my village Valebasoga team playing at Subrail Park during Muslim tournaments.
“I also have a soccer ball at home gifted by my dad. My cousin Ashfaaq always comes and play soccer with me at home and I aim to grow myself into Women’s football in Fiji.”
Liyana is a Year 1 student at Labasa Sangam Primary School.
Her father Mohammed Razeel stood proud when Liyana walked up to receive her prize.
“I felt very proud of my daughter for her achievement and would like to thank Fiji FA for rewarding her with a life time free access to all matches and tournaments.
“She is passionate about football. She likes to take part in all the programs organized at her school or wherever she gets opportunities,” he said.
Razeel also commended Fiji FA for such initiatives in developing football from the grassroots level.
“Fiji FA is doing a marvelous job by organizing Grassroot festival for kids to motivate and encourage our upcoming generation.
“This Grassroot festival helps our children to get exposure in football. Seeing the outcome today (last week) reflects how the future of Fiji soccer would be.”