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Beautiful journey for Sahib

The dream is coming true for one of the upcoming Fijian player who plays his trade in New Zealand but originally hails from Labasa in Fiji. #Altaf Sahib, 17 is working hard to achieve his goal to become one of the professional footballers in the country and his father has been his inspiration for over the years.#“I am planning to become a professional football player in my life and my dad has been telling me every time to become a better person in life. I have a passion for football ever since I was in the primary school in class 2 and the interest developed gradually then I used to play for my school team.” Sahib said#Junior Sahib got his first break in the national team when he was in primary school and he describes that one of the best moment which every player looks forward to in their life.#“I represented Fiji in the Under 12 competition and plus my dad coached and helped me a lot to get motivated. He is like my role model to me and back then I continued to play school soccer and when I went to the secondary school in Labasa sangam I became the captain of the under 15 school team in 2009. That was the first year when Labasa Sangam won the under 15 trophy which is the achievement which I would cherish close to my heart.”#Altaf who is the younger brother of former Suva, Labasa and national Futsal rep Mira Sahib has been walking on the beautiful football journey.#“I scored the first goal in under 17 against American Samoa and that was when I scored first goal against them in the competition and later we won 9-0. We had less time for the preparation which is why we lost in the competition as I ended the tournament with two goals.”#Altaf Sahib is the youngest son of former Fiji Football Association Futsal coach Hussein Sahib who has also guided Labasa team in the previous season which the son is taking family legacy forward.#“My father also tells me keep my studies balanced with football. Football has brought me this far that doesn’t mean for me to stop with my academic work and just concentrate on football. You don’t know what happens in future. Life is unfair and unpredictable. So it’s important to keep a backup plan,”Shiab added.#Talented footballer who has made his debut for Labasa team and then he moved to Suva says staying away from family members is one of the toughest things which life had taught him.#“Well it’s not easy staying away from family, friends and people who are so close to you but dad and my brother Mira always tells me that sacrifice is really important in life.”#Sahib while on national duties was approached by one of the club officials of New Zealand and since then it has not been a turning behind for the young lad who is keen to develop his skills playing overseas.#“When I was playing for the Fiji under 17 Oceania World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand, Some players from New Zealand who qualified to play for Fiji came over. So one of the players school team coach offered me a scholarship in Liston College where I am schooling right now. My skills developed and I got more into soccer when I got back from the Fiji under 17 World Cup qualifiers. That was pretty much my break through. I started competing with the bigger players who happen to be much fitter and stronger than me.” Sahib concluded.#FULL NAME: Altaaf Sahib#DATE OF BIRTH: 12/09/1995#AGE: 17# #PLACE OF BIRTH: Labasa # #MARTIAL STATUS: Single# #RACE: Islam# #POSITION: Forward/Midfield# #NATIONAL TEAM: Fiji Under 17 – 2011- OFC U17 PLAYOFFS# # #CURRENT DISTRICT TEAM: Suva #PREVIOUS DISTRICT TEAM: Labasa ( 2009 – 2011 )# #ACHIEVMENTS WITH YOUR DISTRICT/ CLUB TEAM: Labasa Under 12 Fiji Fact, School Under 12. Fiji under 12. Labasa under 14. School Under 14. Secondry School Under 15,17,19. Labasa Youth Team. Fiji Under 17. Waitakere City Under 17. Waitakere United Youth Team. Suva Team. Liston College First XI School Team.#CURRENT CLUB: Western Springs#SECONDARY SCHOOL TEAM (Under ??)Labasa Sangam College Under 15,17,19 Liston College First XI Team#PRIMARY SCHOOL TEAM:Labasa Sangam Primary# #EDUCATION: #HOBBIES: Playing Ps3, Spending time with freinds.# #FAMILY BACKGROUND: 5 sisters and 3 brothers#FAVOURITE MOVIE: Machete#FAVOURITE ACTRESS: Eva Mendes# #FAVOURITE ACTOR: Dwayne Johnson# #YOUR BEST INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLER: Ronaldo (Brazil)# #PERSON YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET: Zinedine Zidane # Fiji FA Media#

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