Cakau sets target
25 October, 2016, 12:00 am
FOR a young man who played for pleasure and rose to fame in the rugby league field, Iliesa Cakau aspires to win greater pride for Fiji in future.
The Pacific Energy Kinoya Sea Eagles skipper will represent the Vodafone Fiji Residents in the game against British Amateur Lions (BALA) that will take place on the 12th and 16th of November and is fully prepared for the match.
“Right now I am fully prepared to face the Lions. Proper preparation prevents poor performance,” said Cakau.
Iliesa first played rugby union before switching to rugby league back in high school and has never regretted his decision.
“I used to play rugby union back in high school where I played for AOG and Nasinu Secondary schools. I also represented Nausori and Tailevu way back before playing league”.
“I was then approached by a friend of mine to play league. I remember it was in 2010 when I switched to rugby league and I must say I never regretted making that decision and all I can say is that God is good” said Cakau.
He later added that ever since his switch to league he was fortunate to be representing one of the best league teams.
“I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for everything when I switched to league I joined the right team Nadera Panthers with the right coach who helped me improve my confidence”.
Cakau, who hails from Natila Bau Tailevu, has also represented Fiji Residents in various competitions and always dreamt of representing Fiji Bati in the world cup. He recalls his first experience at the Battle of the Bati where he didn’t meet the criteria.
“It has always been my dream to represent Fiji Bati, I tried in 2013 but I fell short since we were having the world cup the next year. It’s my goal to try and achieve it and with God anything is possible therefore I’ll just quote one of my favourite sayings, In Jesus Christ I live, I move, I exist and so believing in Jesus Christ I will also succeed” said Cakau.
The lock forward also aims to feature in one of the NRL clubs in future.
“My aim is to also play for an NRL club in Australia. It will be a blessing and a dream come true, so nothing is impossible and I believe I can achieve it” said Cakau.