Nalaubu relishes new role

ONE of Fiji’s sensational strikers and Rewa football forward Sairusi Nalaubu believes youngsters can make a difference in future should they be groomed and nurtured well at developing stages.

Nalaubu has come on board as a volunteer for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Just Play program in Fiji and is already looking forward to sharing his football knowledge with children in various schools.

The OFC Just Play is a sport development program that helps children to grow, learn and explore through sport.

“I feel excited to join the Just Play program as this will enable me to visit schools to motivate the children in different aspects,” Nalaubu said.

According to OFC, Just Play gives a child a ball, a coach, and a safe place to play and shows children how to have fun with other children, be physically active and become confident in their abilities.

Through the integration of social messages, Just Play helps children to develop healthy lifestyle habits, encourages gender equality and leaders in the community, promotes social inclusion and insists on sport for all. Nalaubu started his football career when he was in Form 5 at Gospel High School. He was then chosen to represent the Suva youth team for a few months before impressing the selectors and making his mark in the main team.

The 21-year-old Korotubu, Macuata native made his debut against Nadi in the Vodafone National League back in 2015 scoring a goal in his first appearance. While talking about the Just Play program for kids, Nalaubu reflected his own childhood days.

“When we were small, we always used to look up to the senior players for motivation and I know that most of these children would also be looking forward to learn football skills from the current football players in the country.

“When I was a child, a Bible verse from James 4:10 ‘reads humble yourself before the Lord and he will lift you became a motivation for me’, he echoed.

While he looks up to his elders for advises, Nalaubu left a message for all the youngsters.

“We all have a potential to dream about, and let your dream come true.”

With Ba trio Saula Waqa, Samuela Nabenia and Sitiveni Cavuilagi already on board with Just Play program, Nalaubu urges more local footballers to sign up and help in meeting the objectives of this initiative.

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