May 25, 2022
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Nadi youngster aims to shine in FACT

19-year-old Nikesh Singh is aiming excel in the 2022 Digicel Fiji FACT with Nadi.

The Korovuto native who is related to former Tailevu Naitasiri and Lami striker Abishek Chand made his debut for the Jetsetters earlier this year and has been a regular attacking midfielder since the Digicel Premier League kicked off in February.

Speaking to FijiLive, Singh who featured in the side’s 4-2 win against Navua on Sunday said it was a tough match but they are confident and focused on doing better in the remaining tournament.

"I am learning something new every day. I want to shine through football."

"First time when I joined the team it was tough because I never trained with star players and I was nervous also."

"The senior players in the team always had some expectations from the young ones because there was internal team competition for a selection on match day."

The former Korovuto College student said Coach Kamal Swamy was his high school teacher and he motivated him to join the main team after a good performance in the youth team.

"Coach Swamy saw me playing in my school team so one day he asked if I could train in the main Nadi team. I thought he was joking and I did not go for the training so the next day he came and asked me why I did not attend the training. He looked really serious and I felt guilty taking his sign lightly so from that day I started training with the side."

"Every afternoon after training he would encourage me to work on my fitness and also on the importance of diet."

"I wanted to play midfield but coach said my foot movement was my biggest strength so he shifted me to attacking."

"Some of my strengths are delivering long balls and winning high balls.”

 "I still remember my first DPL match. It was very tough but also a good one because I played alongside experienced players. All those experiences are helping me to put up a different performance."

"Fiji FACT is my first tournament and I feel happy that I made it into the final 22 because there were a lot of players in the team and I did not expect to be chosen. So finally when I played my first game I realized that a tournament is very different from league. It's challenging but a good experience," he added.

The A1 Builders Nadi will play Baker's Fresh Lautoka in their second match at 7pm tomorrow.

By Romeka Romena

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