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Vosaboto’s love for football

Those are the words of former national goalkeeper and current national goalkeeper coach Iosefo Vosaboto when he looked back at his long journey- as a football player and to be the country’s top national goal keeper for 10 years.
“It was very tough and challenging at the same time too,” the soft spoken Vosaboto described his journey.
Early in his life Vosaboto had this special bond with football.
“I started playing football when I was in primary school and that was at Naloto District School in 1980,” the Nadrugu native from Ba said.
“In 1985 I joined Xavier College in Ba to do my form 3. I was always into soccer and represented my school in all the age groups.”
The 44-year-old said he then turned his focus on representing his district.
“Firstly, I joined the Ba Youth team in 1988 and in 1990 I was selected to play for the Fiji Under-20 team.”
Vosaboto said there was no turning back when he made the national U23 team in 1991 and it was from there he became Ba’s first choice goalkeeper.
“I went on to represent Fiji for 10 years and in those days we visited many countries where we played our international matches.”
Vosaboto indicated that he only played for Ba and Lautoka throughout his career. He captained Lautoka to win the Fiji FACT tournament in 2000 and again in 2002. Vosaboto last represented Fiji in 2003 before he decided to hang up his boots.
He was still very much committed to the spot and later that year he joined Fiji FA as a development officer.
Worst moment
One his worst moments, Vosaboto faced was a serious leg injury that almost cut short his career.
“I broke my leg while playing for Ba during the B.O.G. It was held at Subrail Park, Labasa and we were playing Nadroga,” he recalled.
“It was really bad and I was told by many people that my career was over. It was hard for me to accept but I never lost hope and fought on until I made my comeback.”
Vosaboto said, he first started playing rugby as soon as he recovered and that was in 1997 and a year later he was recalled to the Ba soccer team.
Proudest moment
Today, Vosaboto still cherishes the moment he was officially confirmed as the Vodafone Fiji U20’s goalkeeper coach.
“I was proud for such appointment and I was happy to help the Vodafone Under-20 side to qualify and play in the World Cup.
Advise
Vosaboto said his advice to young players is to be disciplined and always be confident in going out to achieve their goals in life.
“You should never look down on yourself and always be confident and be able to work hard to achieve your goals in life”, he added.

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