Golden lift and Fiji soccer

Eileen Cikamatana in tears during the playng of the national anthem. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Eileen Cikamatana in tears during the playng of the national anthem. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

I refer to The Fiji Times 11/04 in regards to the “Golden lift” aptly reported by your journalist Maikeli Seru in the Gold Coast Australia.

Yes, definitely Eileen Cikamatana is the first Fijian woman to win a gold medal for Fiji in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

A first in 16 years and a first in weight-lifting at the Commonwealth Games. What a proud moment for the Cikamatana family, her fellow athletes and all the proud Fijians here and around the world.

Truly fantastic, I can easily say we need not go any further to establish the 2018 sportswoman of the year. She has already nailed it.

Hopefully a public holiday will be planned together with a gold medal win from our mighty 7s rugby team.

The Fiji Pearls netball team has been the most disappointing outfit.

As for the other sports, I can only say it will just be personal bests and gaming experience at the Commonwealth Games.

Shifting focus, the Fiji Football Association spent over $100,000 to send the national football team for our tour of the Philippines for two matches against their national side and a club team. After claiming to have set up a game plan, the team known as the Bula Boys succumbed to losses in both games. Instead Fiji FA should organise test matches against our Pacific neighbours in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomons, teams who have progressed in leaps and bounds.

Finally, create a special trust fund for the former national reps as they always become the forgotten lot after their playing careers are over. Maybe, a small portion of the gate takings from the money making Fiji FACT, Battle of the Giants and the IDC.

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