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Vanuatu rep joins Rewa for women's IDC

Arin Kumar
Friday, October 05, 2012

THE inclusion of Vanuatu national women's soccer rep Shilda Wilbur has boosted the Rewa women's soccer team ahead of the Women's Inter-District Championship this month.

The 26-year-old was included in last year's squad but was not able to play in the tournament because of summer school.

The University of the South Pacific student is back on the paddock and is aiming to help the side reach the finals.

Team captain Laisani Mataele said even though her side had the services of six national reps, they would go into the tournament as underdogs.

She said the side was not making any predictions yet but would do its talking on the field in the Bargain Box/Bargain World-sponsored tournament.

"We have a Vanuatu national player and six Fiji reps but we are not overconfident," Mataele said.

"We will go into the tournament as underdogs and take each game at a time in our bid to reach the finals," she said.

The side is coached by former national and Lautoka soccer rep Tama Vosuga and nearly half the team is new to the sport.

"Under the new regulations by the Fiji Football Association, any player over the age of 28 cannot play, so the most difficult part was training our inexperienced reps since most of our experienced reps are over 28.

"Our youngest player Sekoula Waqanidrola is only 15 but the young ones are coping pretty well and morale in the team is high," Mataele said.

The Women's IDC will be held at Ba's Govind Park from October 19 to 21.