The Vodafone Fiji FACT 2019 player of the tournament Patrick Neel Joseph has dedicated his award to his ever-supporting dad Joseph Anil Kumar who has been admitted at the Colonial War Memorial hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since last week.
Joseph said despite the critical conditions, he managed to talk to his dad through Facebook’s video call to get his blessings before every game.
He said every time they had a video chat, Patrick noticed his dad wearing the Nadi’s traditional colour of green t-shirt.
“And that was a motivation itself,” he said.
Speaking to Fiji FA Media after the final, Patrick said his award is for his dad and dedicated Nadi’s win to all the supporting mothers as the nation celebrated mothers’ day.
“This award is for my dad,” Patrick said as he broke into tears.
“He has been admitted in ICU since last week and I can only pray to the Almighty for a speedy recovery.”
The 21-year-old was given a new role in the team at this year’s Vodafone Fiji FACT.
He was given the responsibility of the center back, someone who always used to be at a midfielder’s position.
However, the Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf, while announcing the award, said Patrick held the team together throughout the tournament.
“He has been an active member of the Vodafone National Senior Men’s team currently preparing for the Pacific Games in Samoa and also for the National U23 team preparing for the Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Fiji,” Yusuf added.