June 03, 2022
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Farid follows in dad's footsteps

19-year-old Abdul Farid who made his debut for hosts Nadroga at the 2022 Digicel Fiji FACT is following the footsteps of his dad and former Labasa and Nadroga rep Abdul Aiyub.
 
The Year 13 student of Cuvu College grew up watching his father and told FijiLive that he is eager to continue the legacy and do his family proud.
 
" My dad was my favourite footballer and while growing up I told myself that I will be a footballer also."
 
"Right now my dream is to become a strong footballer and I feel in years to come I would also love to attain the national jumper."
 
"It won't be easy but with the guidance and training from my dad and the Nadroga team, I hope to achieve my dream."
 
"When I was a kid my dad would take me to watch games but what interested me more was the training the players went through."
 
Despite the side not reaching the semi-finals, Farid said he has learnt a lot about football, through the three day pool games.
 
"The tournament was really awesome."
 
"Since DPL, I was trying my luck to make it into the final 25 member squad for FACT and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team."
 
"Although we did not make the semi-finals, we went out of the tournament with the undefeated tag. And I think it was a really good learning experience."
 
"I scored one goal also and that motivates me that I can do better in the league games and also in the upcoming tournaments."
 
The year 13 student of Cuvu College in Sigatoka said he wants to work on his fitness and improve his left back position.
 
"This was my first tournament to play against strong teams and star players where I saw how fit they are."
 
"So my aim is to have a really good fitness level and also work on my position. As a left back, we have to be really strong to counter the opponents."
 
"I was able to counter the opponents but this was just a learning phase for me. I feel that I need more game time and also get exposure against tough teams so I can get used to playing fast football." 
 
"I'm hopeful for more game time in the Digicel Premier League so I could buikld-up my position and also work on my speed. I am a student and playing football- can be tough but I try best to manage my time," he added. 
 
By Romeka Romena  


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