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Skipper Naiqama relishes world cup glory

Paulini Ratulailai
Sunday, December 03, 2017

VODAFONE Fiji Bati captain Kevin Naiqama said he enjoyed leading 25 Fijian men who represented God and their country at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The Australian-born, who is from Nabuna Village, Koro, Lomaiviti, and has maternal links in Ba, said it was a challenging journey.

Naiqama plays for Wests Tigers in the NRL competition in Australia.

"We want to say thank you very much, we have been overwhelmed with all the support we received," he told members of the public who attended the Fiji Bati reception in Suva yesterday.

"Thank you for the messages, the prayers, and the love.

"It's the proudest moment of my life leading these boys and to carry that flag representing our people."

The Kevin Naiqama-skippered Fiji Bati team created history by defeating world number two New Zealand 4-2 in the quarter-final to reach its third consecutive semi-final.

"It makes me happier and I am just happy of what we achieved, especially beating New Zealand. This is one of the best wins in my career."

The Fiji Bati's next commitment will be at the Rugby League Commonwealth Games in Australia from February 23-24.

The tournament will feature Commonwealth nations in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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