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Waqa wins Golden Boot Award

The 19-year-old who is also the Vodafone Fiji Under20 striker has dedicated the award to the two most important women in his life- grandmother and mother.
Waqa netted a hat trick against Lupe Ole Soaga and a double against A S PIrae for the Men-In-Black in the regional competition and became the first Fijian player to win the top award.
“I’m very happy and lost for words,” he said.
“I want to dedicate this win to my grandmother Sereana Waqanicakau and my mother Inise Naituva. They are my biggest source of inspiration and motivation. “It’s their guidance, love, affection and support which give me a reason to do better and make them proud.
“My grandmother and mother are always there supporting me in every game I play and this award is dedicated to them. I also want to thank my team-mates for all their support.
I could not have scored the five goals if they did not pass the ball to me. Football is a team sport and I would not have won this award without them.”
The lanky striker said the award comes as a perfect motivation for him ahead of the FIFA U20 World Cup where he aims to score more goals for Fiji. “Winning the Golden Boot in a tournament which has some of the best strikers from around the world is very special to me.
“I would say this is a lifetime award for me and something I will always cherish and look at to get more motivation before my games,” he added.
Ba coach and Vodafone Fiji U20 assistant coach Shalen Lal said, this is a huge achievement for Waqa as he is the first Fijian to be awarded.
“He has been impressive and improving game by game and I hope that the award will be a morale booster for him ahead of the FIFA U20 World Cup,” Lal added.
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