August 12, 2020
17-year-old Isikeli Sevanaia Jnr, who will be the youngest player to take the field in 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants semifinals at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday is eager to win his first tournament.
The Ba goalkeeper, a Year 13 student of AD Patel College said he feels more confident and determined after playing three group matches.
“I have played 5 matches in the VPL and 3 in BOG and I have learned a lot in the 8 games. I feel honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity and I give all the glory to the Lord Almighty and to my family.”
He said his dad and former Ba, Rewa and national goalkeeper Isikeli Seva has been his role model.
“My father has always been encouraging me. From the time I represented Ba U12 till now, he has always been there for me. He always comes to watch me play and he mostly sits behind the goalmouth to guide me and give me encouragement.”
Ba Manager Ranvir Singh said the youngster has really played well in the tournament and he expects to see another fine performance from him in the semis.
“Seva Jnr stepped in very well for Misiwani who is still out injured. He has a lot of potential and definitely we should see him in the national team in the next few years.”
“He is our first choice in the BOG and despite being the youngest in the team; he plays very well and guides the defenders.”
The Priceline Pharmacy sponsored- Ba will face Delta One Auto Repairs sponsored- Rewa in the first semifinal at 2pm on Saturday.
By Reginald Chandar