May 24, 2022
Ni-Vanuatu imports in Nasinu midfielders Taniveke Tanabose and Douglas Willietien shared their excitement and experience after their first football tournament in Fiji.
The duo, who have been in the country for some time now featured in the 2022 Digicel Fiji FACT on Sunday against Tailevu Naitasiri.
Tanabose, who already made his debut for Nasinu in the Digicel Premier League games came off the bench and created an impact for the Giant Killers although they lost 2-1 in the tournament opener.
The 27-year-old said he has started to adjust well in the tournament and is eager to show more of his football skills.
"I just enjoyed playing in Fiji," Tanabose said happily.
"It was my first tournament but a very amazing one."
"I think football here is fast and physical and that’s what I love about this country."
"I think in Vanuatu and Fiji, the game is not the same. In Vanuatu football is just a ball-to-ball game and it’s not as intense as what I just felt today."
"Here it's very fast and that tests our speed and also our fitness level because the Nasinu team has been training throughout every area."
"I think we lost but we learned a lot of things. We are brothers and have each other’s back and we will improve ahead of the next game."
21-year-old Willietien could not hold back his happiness after making his debut for Nasinu in the starting line-up.
"I'm very thankful to God and also the Nasinu officials because making it into the starting 11 is not easy."
"And I think I was lucky to get a spot in the team."
"We have so many players in the team and for me, it was like a personal competition because when I came to Fiji, my parents told me that I need to be at my best football level."
"We had team competition and that fuelled me to put in a lot of effort and just focus on my training also as a midfielder I have to be very efficient in delivering the ball to the forwards."
"So the training was tough because it's a tournament and every team will come at their best so we also did the same. I think there was a lot to take from the game and I will also make amendments to the things I lacked,” he added."
Nasinu will face defending champs Ram Cleaning Services/All Freights Logistics Suva at 3pm at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on Thursday.
By Romeka Romena