Dad’s first jour­ney from Fiji makes Maika’s day

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Syd­ney: For ev­ery try or eye-catch­ing fend Maika Sivo has de­liv­ered in 2019, a closeknit con­tin­gent of fam­ily has erupted in the small Fi­jian vil­lage of Momi.

The script for the NRL’s lat­est barn­storm­ing winger from the South Pa­cific is­land na­tion couldn’t have gone any bet­ter for the Sivo fam­ily with their recent re­union pro­vid­ing a heart-warm­ing mo­ment for the rugby league faith­ful.

As part of their on­go­ing brand part­ner­ship, Vic­to­ria Bit­ter and Na­tional Rugby League joined forces to sur­prise Maika at train­ing the day be­fore the Eels played the Knights at Bankwest Sta­dium in round 21.

It was the first time Joeli had left his home­land - he boarded a plane bound for Syd­ney to see Maika play rugby league, a sport he only started play­ing four years ago.

Sivo has had a year to re­mem­ber af­ter burst­ing onto the scene in the opening round of the NRL sea­son to be ranked sec­ond on the leading try-scor­ers list with 16.

“My son Maika built our house for us,” Joeli says, stand­ing out­side his house in Momi. “He sends money ev­ery fort­night.” Maika ex­plains the mo­tive to sup­port his fam­ily fi­nan­cially from afar, while he lives with his un­cle Ma­mua in south-west Syd­ney.

“My dad, he’s worked hard all his life,” Sivo says.

“I just wanted to pay him back for all his sac­ri­fices. He’s still work­ing hard. I think about him all the time. He and mum are proud of me. My dad watches ev­ery game I play. Him, mum and the whole fam­ily never miss the game [via satel­lite].

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