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A chip off the old block

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, March 01, 2013

RUSIATE Matirerega is a chip off the old block. Matirerega was only six years old when his father Watisoni Voli scored the winning goal against Ba at Prince Charles Park in Nadi to lift the Lloyd Farebrother trophy in 1999.

The 19-year-old was named as the junior footballer of the year during the Fiji Football Association awards function in Nadi.

Matirerega was part of the Central College team that won the Fiji Secondary Schools Association Championship and the Inter District Competition secondary schools title back to back in 2011 and 2012.

He is part of the national Under-20 squad preparing for the Oceania Football Confederation U20 playoffs next month.

Matirerega said it was his dream to follow his father's footsteps."I still remember when my dad scored the winning goal against Ba in 1999," Matirerega said.

"That was the day I decided to play soccer. Now it is like father like son.

"I have always looked up to my dad for inspiration. I used to see my father play and I had a dream to become like him.

"I'm very happy of my father's achievements. He has done a lot for the sport and the Nadi district. I want to follow his footsteps.

"I'm part of the Fiji Under-20 team. Our aim is to win the playoffs. We have a good bunch of players. I dedicate this win to my family and the fans of Nadi."

The OFC U20 playoffs will be held in Lautoka from March 21-29.

The other countries that will participate in the event include New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.