June 20, 2017
Rewa’s Fiji FACT hero Samuela Kautoga has dedicated their win to all fans and his family.
The 30-year-old who hails from Togalevu in Ba headed the winner against Nadi in the 31st minute after connecting well with a free-kick.
“I badly wanted to score and help Rewa win this title and when the opportunity came, I did not think twice and went for it and headed the ball. I was confident about my chances and I am happy that I have been able to contribute positively,” he said.
“This win is for all the fans that came out in numbers to support us and it is also for my family and the family of the other players.”
“It was a tough final but we came out stronger and better in the end.”
Kautoga who was also named the Player of the Tournament and Best Player of Day 4 said this season has been a challenging one for him but his faith in God and dedication in training allowed him to deliver his best.
“Yes I was out with suspension for some time and during that time I worked on my discipline and kept myself focused and determined. And when the chance came for me to play again, I ensured that I gave my best to my team and also to my country when I got selected to play against New Caledonia,” he quipped.
“I had decided that I would retire from national team and would play only on local scene for some time. But then God had other plans for me and after talking to Coach Chris, I went back to national camp and got my chance to play for the Fiji team again.”
“And winning this tournament for Rewa is an extra motivation for me and I want to help the team achieve more glory in the upcoming tournaments.”
Kautoga made his debut for Navua in 2006 while still in high school at Vashist Muni College and has not looked back since then.
He was part of the Fiji U20 team which finished second behind New Zealand in the OFC World Cup Qualifiers in 2007.
Kautoga joined Lautoka in the same year and was part of their IDC winning squad in 2008.
He won the 2011 and 2012 IDC titles with Labasa and Suva before moving to Amicale FC in Vanuatu.
More recently, he won the 2016 Vodafone Premier League title with Ba after joining the Men In Black from Lautoka in the second window last year.
By Reginald Chandar