February 13, 2013
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Naupoto calls on hockey teams to work together

By Kalesi Mele

Fiji’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Viliame Naupoto has asked that the national hockey teams exercise teamwork in all phases when they take to the New Delhi turf for  round two of the Hockey World League in India.

Accepting the itatau delivered by Fiji Hockey today, Naupoto stressed that the side must at all times exercise leadership.

“Leadership happens everyday; it is when we contribute to make somebody’s life a little better. You must be a team all the time, on your way to India, outside the hockey turf or when you come back, your teamwork must be intact because that will be your strength,” he said.

Fiji Hockey Mens coach Hector Smith was grateful for government’s assistance and he reassured the public that the teams would perform to their best.

“We are grateful to government for their support in letting these young ones live their dreams. The respect that you have shown to us means a lot and we have taken on board your message and we are going to do our utmost for this country,” he said.

Naupoto said the team needed to remember who they were representing once they don the national uniform.

“Once people are brave enough to wear the Fiji jersey or uniform they must understand that Fiji owns them from them moment on,” he said.

“I think you have prepared very smartly and that is a good start. I ask that you come back satisfied that you went and gave your best.”

The Fiji Hockey teams depart for India at 1am tomorrow.



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