May 31, 2021
Creative Solomon Islands midfielder Marlon Tahioa is working to better his fitness during this lockdown period and feature strongly for Labasa when the Digicel Premier League resumes.
The 22-year-old who joined the Babasiga Lions from Nasinu this season and scored a brace of goals to help the Northerners win the Champion vs Champion title in Suva believes he is yet to gain full match fitness and this has prevented him from scoring further goals.
“My weakness is my fitness especially because I've always been so busy with studies and sometimes couldn’t train. I feel my fitness level is down because I have not scored in the last six rounds for Labasa.”
“I really have to bounce back to my scoring and setting up form. I have to be like I was when I joined Labasa this year. I have been reflecting on my past six matches and saw my performance dropped so that’s something I am working on.”
He said doing personal training during this pandemic is quite challenging but he is not giving up.
“When I train alone, I find it a bit difficult but then I usually do personal work out and work according to the program and the core training strategies given to us by the Coach. It is good to be given a work plan and I am fully committing to the program that our Coach has given us to follow."
“The sad part is that I can’t meet my teammates and train with them. I get a lot of feedback when we train as a team because the players and Coach tell me some of my strengths and weaknesses and according to that I work on improving and getting better.”
The Fiji National University student who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering scored six goals for Nasinu last year and is eager to break that record with Labasa.
“Time management is hard for me because the classes are online but we are also given assignments and tutorials so meeting deadlines is quite difficult at times and then I have to train also. But the advantage is that my flatmates are helping me in my training a lot.”
“Speed and attacking are the important things that I’m working on and my flatmates time me when I’m doing road runs. I usually go online and learn from the tutorial on the attacking midfield so that I can counter Lautoka really well when we play them.”
“The training for attacking I do is setting up blocks and then try to cut and pass the ball to my other partner. This type of training also allows me to defend the ball and use my skills to set up the strikers to score. The speed is also helping me to improve my striking chances from long distance,” he added.
Unbeaten Labasa will play leaders Lautoka when football activities resume in the country.
By Romeka Romena