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Tamanisau still living Olympic high

“It has been every players dream to represent his country in the Olympics and the memories from that I will always cherish in my life,” Tamanisau said.
The gloveman said he has learned a lot from the three games they played.
“I think it has been a great experience for me and boys as well,“ he said.
Tamanisau said it was the first time playing on that stage and believes every member of the squad did their best, but a lack of experience was the defining factor in their losses.
“I think we played very well but our lack of experience and playing against professional players was something different, something we’ve never experienced before.”
Tamanisau was impressive in Fiji’s goal, making some daring saves which denied South Korea, Mexico and Germany from scoring more goals.
“I think the lack of experience in our team gave me the opportunity to work overtime and show some of my skills and I probably more than played my part,” he said.
“Football is a team game so I played my part as stopping the ball going in the goal.”
The Nasinu police officer received overwhelming support for his performances from the fans at Fonte Nove Arena in Salvador, Brazil.
He said playing in the foreign country and playing in front of thousands of fans cheering you on really boosts the performance of the whole squad.
“Especially for me, I was cheered by the local fans in there whenever I made a save,“ said Tamanisau.
The Police tactical officer said being called on to represent his country is always a privilege and honor for him.
“I think to represent my country in Olympic was a big achievement for me.”
Tamanisau believes that their participation in the Olympics will encourage the younger players to think and dream of playing in the Olympics.
“I think we have learnt a lot from our participation and it’s a path way for Fiji football as our learning experience will be forwarded to the young players.”
The Rewa goalkeeper who has featured in all the Oceania tournaments and also at the FIFA Club World Cup for Hekari United is dreaming of now playing in the FIFA World Cup.
“The World Cup play-off is around the corner and given an opportunity to play for the national team I would do my best to help the country qualify for the World Cup.
“It’s my dream and also Fiji FA’s dream to play in the World Cup as we all know that our U-20 team has achieved that already and now, also, our U-23 have played in the Olympics.”
Tamanisau has urged fans who have been criticising the team to consider that this was the team’s first appearance at this event.
“We have to start from somewhere and this was the right way to move forward.
“Well when Brazil could beat Honduras 6-0 in the semi-final and for us playing for the first time is nothing to lose I guess.”

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