Newly appointed Digicel national football team vice-captain Remueru Tekiate says he strikes the right balance between work and football training to keep himself focused and determined in both facets of life.
Speaking to FijiLive after the team announcement to the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Suva last week, the Suva defender said being able to manage time well has been his biggest strength as being a Police officer and footballer is both tough and challenging.
“For me it’s all about prioritising and managing my time well.”
“I try to keep everything balanced so that my profession, football career and family time is not affected.”
“It’s just that I have to sometimes forget that I’m a footballer because I’m a Police officer and that is the job I chose.”
“Football helps me to stay fit and focused and this is the only sport I love. I was mad and passionate about football from childhood and it keeps me going.”
Tekiate, who has been in the Fiji Police Force for four years now and says 2021 was the most challenging year of his life.
“Beginning of last year was good but as COVID-19 hit, things became difficult. We did not have football and my fitness got affected and I did not spend enough time with my family. But as soon as football resumed, I had to restart everything.”
“Although camp began late, it was a really good thing for me to get in my usual shape.”
“It was hard at first and I knew it. Sometimes I felt like giving up but then I had my dream on the other hand so I just kept trying and then in December I found my form.”
“My defending skills were there but due to my fitness, I was not able to give the level of performance I wanted. But coming to the end of last year, things got settled and now I am in my fittest form.”
The 26-year-old began his football career with Tavua in 2010 before moving to Ba in 2012 and representing the Men In Black in three editions of the OFC Champions League.
The Rabi native then had a brief stint with Labasa in 2016 and helped the Babasiga Lions win the Inter District Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
He rejoined Ba in 2017 before moving to Suva in the mid-season transfer window and has seen been with the Whites.
Speaking about his selection as vice-captain, Tekiate thanked the coaches and team management for giving him the leadership role.
“I thank the officials for giving me such a role and it’s a big role which demands a lot of responsibility from me.”
“It brings huge expectations from the players and also the officials. Sometimes it is challenging to lead the team because our captain Roy Krishna is not in the country.”
“He has left a void but every player in the team is stepping up and giving in their best. I was a vice-captain before and I’m fortunate that I have been given this role again.”
“Personally for me this role is a challenge to prove myself as a leader. It also challenges me to improve my football because in camp the coach always says that players look up to me so that’s something that I am working very hard on,” he added.