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Hughes Happy To Play In Rio

But he wishes his mother Mere Tanoa was alive to witness all that he has achieved.# #Hughes’ mother passed away while he was preparing for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015 and the loss continues to leave a large gap in his life.# #“I missed my mum during the FIFA U-20 World Cup and I wish she was still alive to see all my achievements,“ Hughes said.#“But I know she is looking down from heaven and smiling and I personally feel that she helps me spiritually every time I take the field.”# #The Dreketi native said he is honoured and humbled to be given this opportunity to represent Fiji and become an Olympian.# #“I am really blessed to be selected in the eighteen member squad.”# #Hughes said he is thankful to the almighty for giving him the strength and courage during the training.# #“I thank God for giving me the ability to show the coaches what I am capable and why I should be part of the team to Rio.# #“It is every player’s dream to play in an atmosphere like the Olympics and making our first appearance will be something we are looking forward to and will remember forever.”# #He is ready to rub his shoulders against some of the world’s best footballers and especially against defending champions Mexico.# #“I will do my best given a chance to play in any match and will try to score a goal against other champion side.# #Hughes knows all about being the underdog and overcoming the odds and believes it is something Fiji can repeat in Rio.# #“We have trained well and our focus is now for the Olympics and we are confident of causing an upset like we did in New Zealand beating Honduras.”#

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