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Home ground to boost Tuilau

Maciu Malo
Monday, April 07, 2014

HOMEBOY Ilaitia Tuilau returns home with a mission to taste victory again at his favourite hunting ground in Lautoka's Churchill Park.

The Amicale FC tough defender will be the player to watch during the nine-day Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League that kicks off this afternoon.

Born and bred in Lautoka and having tasted some sweet moments with the Lautoka team at Churchill Park, the 26-year-old defender is on a mission to relive those glory days at his favourite hunting ground.

He said he had switched allegiance to his new team but he still regards Lautoka as his home.

Tuilau said playing at Lautoka was always special for him regardless of the team he represented.

He said he would give his outmost best and to help his team do well during the competition.

Tuilau also gave credit to the Almighty God for giving him the opportunity to showcase his soccer talents.

"Firstly I thank the Lord for this wonderful opportunity to allow me to play on my home turf again," he said.

"Although I had played for Lautoka but this is a different calling and I always give 100 per cent to any team I play for.

"I expect a lot of my friends and relatives will be here to watch our game and I believe their presence will boost my performance."

Tuilau said team bonding and their faith would be contributing factors to his team's chances.

"Apart from hard training we have been praying to the Lord to help us achieve our aim."

"Even though the players are from different backgrounds but the bonding is strong.

"We also have the backing of our fans back in Vanuatu and we will give our best for them."

He said the team had a mixture of players from Serbia, Scotland, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Tuilau who formerly played for Lautoka and Hekari United in the Oceabia Champions League competition will combine with former Suva defender Esava Naqeleca for the Amicale side.

The side will face AS Dragon in their first pool game at Churchill Park on Thursday.

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