Mata­iasi to con­tinue fam­ily tra­di­tion

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Young Mata­iasi Toma wants to con­tinue on from where his un­cles have left off. In ac­tual fact, he knows that it is not go­ing to be an easy feat but is con­fi­dent that he will achieve it. The Yako na­tive from Nadroga is the nephew of football stars and brothers- striker Veresa and mid­fielder Vil­iame Toma. Mata­iasi who had just turned 19 will be rep­re­sent­ing Nadi at the 2016 Ocea­nia Football Con­fed­er­a­tion’s Cham­pi­ons League in Auck­land, New Zealand. “It is a proud mo­ment to play for the Green Ma­chine,” he said. “My un­cles played for Nadi and were part of the team that brought many mem­o­rable vic­to­ries and I’m here to con­tinue on that fam­ily tra­di­tion.” Mata­iasi said he has learned a lot from play­ing along­side se­nior play­ers like Eliki Ravo­sai, Ame Vo­tonui and Lekima Gon­erau. “The team of­fi­cials al­ways back us up but we need to put our minds to­gether and cre­ate a win­ning team.”

Nadi are top favourites in pool C where they are billed against AS Ma­genta (New Cale­do­nia), AS Te­fana (Tahiti), and Kiwi (Samoa) in the OFC Cham­pi­ons League in Auck­land, New Zealand next month. “We can do it as we have been play­ing to­gether for a while, but all teams are pre­pared too. This is the Cham­pi­ons League so there­fore they have done all their home­work. On game day we ex­pect them to be tougher,” he said. Mata­iasi made his de­but for Nadi in 2013 against Navua in the Na­tional League at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva and was a mem­ber of the Voda­fone Fi­jian Un­der-20 team to the FIFA U20 World Cup last year. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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