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Church urges Bati

Paulini Ratulailai
Monday, December 04, 2017

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati players were yesterday reminded that they are ambassadors for Christ every time they play for Fiji.

This was revealed in the team's thanksgiving service at Centenary Methodist Church in Suva yesterday.

Assistant church superintendent, Kalisiana Koroi said the team won its matches, not because the players were carrying the hopes of every Fijian on their shoulders, because the players were on the shoulders of every Fijian here at home and abroad.

"Team officials and players, we understand that you've turned away from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and have focused your preparation towards the 2021 world cup in England," he said.

"After a remarkable performance in RLWC 2017 by reaching the semi-finals for the third consecutive time, we feel that the Fiji Bati must now focus on winning its first world cup.

"This year we reached the semi-finals, there is only one way from here and that is the final. Whether or not, we win the finals is a different story but reaching the finals must be our objective.

"With the continuing developments in secondary and primary schools, the Fiji Bati is hopeful of having continuous supply of rugby league players in the years ahead.

"The spiritual upbringing you portray on and off the field is a living testament to all Christians that we serve one God who is faithful and will support you in the next world cup."

Captain Kevin Naiqama said the daily devotion during the world cup helped the players.

"For me, it taught me to rekindle my relationship with God and have faith in Him and He will provide for us and I am grateful for the boys in keeping up with Reverend Ilaitia Tagituimua with the daily sharing."

The players sang their RLWC hymn 'We shall overcome" before they were treated to lunch after the service.

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