‘My Spe­cial For Sevu’s 30th’

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS - SIMIONE HARAVANUA

Shi­wani Chan­dra wants a per­fect birth­day gift for her best 7s rugby player Se­vu­loni Mo­ce­nacagi.

And last week the Gandhi Bhawan Pri­mary School ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer pre­sented the Nukuilau, Navosa na­tive a paint­ing of him­self dur­ing his 30th birth­day.

Chan­dra said Mo­ce­nacagi held a spe­cial place in her heart. Mo­ce­nacagi and his two broth­ers Kavekini Tabu and Isoa Tabu played in the World Sev­ens Se­ries and are mem­bers of Fiji Air­ways Fi­jian 7s head coach Gareth Baber ex­tended squad.

“I started off as a fan, friend and fam­ily now.

“Ac­tu­ally Sevu’s fam­ily (Nene, Bau, Isoa and Kavekini) and my­self planned to throw a mini party for Sevu’s 30th,” she said.

“They are the pride of our na­tion and it’s al­ways a priv­i­lege to so­cialise with them.”

Chan­dra said Mo­ce­nacagi grate­ful with the gift.

“He was de­lighted, I mean, who wouldn’t love a paint­ing of him­self and he was caught by sur­prise,” she said.

“I guess we were suc­cess­ful in mak­ing his 30th a spe­cial one. We cre­ated every­thing ac­cord­ing to his likes. The cake was Y-shaped sym­bol­is­ing his love for Ya­ma­cia Rugby Club and his fa­mous Y-sign he does af­ter scor­ing a try.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to give Sevu a draw­ing of him­self. was

“He is my best, but my favourite player is Waisea Nacuqu and it was great to have him there as well. “Sevu is a hum­ble player and most fans would agree with me. Get­ting to know Sevu and his fam­ily is quite spe­cial and they are a very spe­cial part of my life now.” Chan­dra re­quested Vil­iame Tuilau­cala, owner of 2in­onedesigns in Tavua to do the paint­ing.

“She sent me the pic­ture and it took me three morn­ings from 8am to 10am to com­plete the job,”Tuilau­cala said.

“Friends and rugby fans here and abroad want to buy it be­cause Sevu is fa­mous.It is one of the beau­ti­ful pic­tures that I have ever drawn.” Tuilau­cala is a graphic de­sign lec­turer at the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity.

Waisea Nacuqu (left), and Shi­wani Chan­dra at Se­vu­loni Mo­ce­nacagi’s birth­day party. Se­vu­loni Mo­ce­nacagi, with his po­trait that was gifted by Shi­wani Chan­dra as a birth­day present.

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