June 28, 2022
Former Taveuni and Savusavu Coach Billy Habib Hussain says while he is proud of his son Clarence Hussein's achievement in football so far, he reminds him before every match to remain humble and do the basics right on the field.
Hussain told FijiLive that he was not surprised with Clarence's selection in the Fiji U19 team for the upcoming Oceania Qualifiers as the youngster has been working very hard.
He said during his coaching days, Clarence would usually travel with him and witness games but he was not too keen at that time to take up the sport.
The 52-year-old revealed that his sons Clarence and Nathan always loved playing rugby and featured for Cakaudrove in the Milo Kaji Rugby but their interest in football developed when they joined Labasa College.
"I am their father and tried my very best to get my sons into football but I failed."
"They always said dad we want to play rugby so I said ok. Do whatever your heart tells you."
"But I was surprised when I got a call from a Labasa College teacher that both my sons have been selected for the College's age group football."
"I asked her what? And she said Sir Clarence and Nathan will be representing our school in football."
"I was totally surprised. I told the teacher that she may have made some mistake."
"I told her that my son has an interest in rugby."
"So when they played their first match, I saw their game and it didn't seem like they were new players."
"Transitioning from rugby to soccer and seeing their game was a total surprise for me."
"So after some time, I asked them to join the Savusavu football team and they were also assisted hugely by Mira Sahib. Mira helped them a lot and guided them also."
As a father, Hussain says he always urges his sons to respect the game plan and opponents on the field.
"Football is such a sport that nothing is individual. If you play individual games, that's when you mess up and things go wrong."
"Nathan is very strong and has a lot of experience and Clarence is also following in his footsteps."
"It's just we have to respect the coach's decision and what he tells the players to do and also respect your opponents."
"I always tell my sons never to expect easy games because that’s when you start losing your confidence."
"It's simple if you don't follow the game plan, you don't function and when you don’t function then that’s the time the team morale is pulled down."
"Definitely, I'm proud of my son and that Clarence has been selected in the National Under 19 team, as a father I encourage him to show his football determination at the Championship," he added.
The OFC Under 19 Championship will be held in September in Tahiti.
By Romeka Romena