Mistakes build Rawasoi

A PERSON, who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.

This influential quote from a prominent theoretical physicist Albert Einstein has become a driving factor for one of Fiji’s upcoming talented attacking midfielder and striker Marika Rawasoi.

Being part of the Vodafone national football extended squad for the first time, Rawasoi is not leaving any stones unturned during training sessions in preparation for the Philippines tour.

The 20-year-old Nadarivatu lad says mistakes become his inspiration to learn more.

He said learning is a never-ending process.

“Mistakes do happen but I’m really grateful to have a very experienced coach (Christophe Gamel) who always corrects us when we make mistakes.

“If we do not make mistake, it means we have not done anything new and for me, mistakes become my inspiration to learn more.

“When we say there’s no end to learning, it is likewise applicable to football,” he said.

Given a call of duty to represent the country, Rawasoi believes it is a huge task at this young age.

Playing among the senior players, it has become a challenge for him to impress the coach as the team to the Philippines tour will be named later this week.

“I feel good but it’s not an easy job because I have to prove myself among the senior players who have already been in the national squad.

“It’s a big responsibility because I’m still young and representing the country is something big for me.”

Rawasoi started playing football at the age of eight (in Year Three) and represented his schools (Tavua Primary School and Tavua College) in all grades.

However, he could not make it to the Tavua district team until he was named in the national under 20 side to 2016 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U20 Championship in Vanuatu.

“I didn’t represent any district.

“I was called into camp for national under-20 for the OFC qualifiers in Vanuatu and then from there, Tavua district officials approached me and I started playing for my home district.

“I knew I had this talent so I tried to make the maximum use of it.

“I remember very well that I made Tavua officials proud when I scored the winning goal against Vatukoula on my debut.

Rawasoi had been instrumental for his former district (Tavua) on many occasions.

A highlight of his career was his second half penalty that saved Tavua in the first leg of the Vodafone Senior League final as the goldminers held Northern champs Seaqaqa 1-1 at Garvey Park last year.

Tavua later went on to beat Seaqaqa 3-1 to get promoted to the Premier division.

He also assisted his former strike-partner Waisake Soga as the newcomers Tavua held eventual winners Lautoka during the Inter-district Championship last year.

Rawasoi is now playing for Nadi after making a move during the player transfer window earlier this year.