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Masilagi’s football journey

These are the words of the 43-year-old Josefa Masilagi, a former national football star. #Originally from Vatukoula, Masilagi believes that love and pride for football should always stay in every sportsperson’s heart. #Masilagi started playing football right at school at the age of 14 years. #“I started playing football way back in 1986” he said. #“I was 14 years of age and from there I was selected to represent Vatukoula. So I made by district debut at 14.”#Masilagi recalled the memories of his playing days with Vatukoula in the Premier Division that time#“I played a few games and after that the Tavua coach spotted me and asked me to join them so I shifted there.”#After playing for Tavua, Masilagi continued his journey and moved on to Ba in 1991 before joining Nadi#“From 1991 to 1992 I played for Nadi and I was just 19 and in 1993 I moved back to Tavua and stayed with the till 2000.” #My most memorable moment while playing for Tavua was when we won the Inter District Championship (IDC) at Churchill Park, Lautoka.#Masilagi moved to Lautoka in 2000 and from there he joined Suva in 2003 before moving to New Zealand the following year. #The former national utility player then described his playing days in the national team#“I started playing for the national team in the 1988 when I first captained the national Under-16 team to Taiwan. #The late Farouk Janeman spotted me playing in the senior division.”#The national U16 team had talented players like Jope Lomu and Luke Tamaivena. #“My first outing was in the Melanasian Cup in 1988 which was held in the Solomon Islands where we won in the final.#In his advice to youngsters, Masilagi stressed the importance of discipline.#“You should always be discipline and dedicated towards achieving your goals in life,” he added. #

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