August 12, 2022
Rising Lautoka star Aporosa Yada is keen to don a national jumper in the 2022 MSG Prime Minister’s Cup that will be played in Vanuatu next month.
The 19-year-old, who is the son of former Blues marksman Josefata Malakai and younger sibling of defender Epeli Leiroti told FijiLive that he is determined to give his best in the upcoming Digicel Premier League games and impress the national selectors.
Having made his debut for the Sugar City boys as a 15-year-old back in 2018, the Keiyasi native from Nadroga said his insipiration comes from his dad and Leiroti, who he plays together with.
Yada said while it could be tough and challenging to get selected in the national team, he is encouraged by his elder brother always and wants to follow in his footsteps.
"I find the Digicel Premier League games tough but every game comes as a lesson for me to improve and give my best."
"I have been scoring goals and for me it comes from teamwork. Every game is an opportunity for me to improve as a person and footballer."
"My aim is to wear the Fiji team jersey at the Prime Minister’s Cup."
"Because of my age, I could not get selected in Fiji Under 19 team but I’m really trying my best for a selection in the Under 23 and main team."
"Playing with my older brother boosts my confidence. He helps me on and off the field."
"From his past experiences, he tells me to do the right thing in life and always reviews my performance and encourages me never to back out from tough situations.
"He is also the reason why I want to play in the Fiji main team and I just like to follow in his footsteps."
The former Central College student who has been a top goalscorer for the Blues said he needs to improve on his fitness.
"Like my fitness, I want to improve that. Coach always says that I can score goals but I have to have the right fitness."
"Sometimes I get slow on the field and that’s where I start to lose my finishing. And I just want to improve my physical fitness then I believe my finishing will be really good."
"Scoring goals is not as easy because we have to stay unmarked and also I think for me team work is what helps me to score goals."
"I want to continue with my goal scoring and for that I have to work around my form and finishing."
"Epeli has been helping me a lot. He trains me in his free time and also during the team training, he and the other players in the team assist me a lot," he added.
The MSG Prime Ministers Cup will be played from 17 t0 30 of September in Vanuatu.
By Romeka Romena