June 06, 2022
National and Suva defender Inoke Turagalailai dedicates his golden ball award and first ever Digicel Fiji FACT win to his family.
The former Rewa youth and district centre back told FijiLive that he was eager to win the Fiji FACT but he did not expect to win the best player award.
"It was my first tournament with Suva and also a great game in the final."
"Leaving the camp, I really wanted to win my first tournament for Suva because I just joined Suva this year and wanted to make my family proud."
"I thank all the Suva players and officials because without them I would not have won the best player award and it’s for my family who never doubted my football passion."
"It's for my parents who have sacrificed a lot for me when I was in camp; I really wanted to win this tournament to make them happy."
The former Baulevu High School and 2018 Secondary School Inter District Championship winning Captain said the message from Coach Babs Khan was to create history for Suva.
"The coach told us that we need to win this tournament to make history, that is to win back to back tournaments."
"It was a great win for me because this is my first ever Fiji FACT and I have won BOG with Rewa in 2020."
"I went to Qatar. I got a lot of exposure and then I delivered that learning in this tournament."
"Right now Suva is unbeaten and we want to still go unbeaten in the DPL also."
"Just want to train hard and correct my mistakes that I made in this tournament so that come DPL I am playing my best football."
The 20-year-old further added that his all-time toughest opponent is Labasa marksman Christoper Wasasala.
"Marking Christopher Wasasala in the final was really challenging and he was a big obstacle for me because he has a lot of speed."
"We were disciplined at the back but he really wanted to pass through us at the backline and we had to keep a close eye on him and his moves."
"He kept coming through me but we marked him and whenever I got the ball, I just kicked it away to Rakula."
"It was a great learning experience for me coming through these tough players and learning from them also," he added.
By Romeka Romena