After featuring for the Vodafone Fiji Girls under 16 team for the past four years Hariana Sonia Eresito has been called up to the Fiji national squad for the upcoming OFC U-17 Women’s Championship.
“I told myself that I need to work hard so I can be selected to represent my country for the upcoming OFC U-17 Women’s Championship. That was my goal,” she said.
She said when she received the call she was very happy and would do her best to wear the national jersey again.
“It will be a proud moment for me if I am selected again to represent my country,”
The sixteen year old from Lautoka plays in the striker’s position and thanked God for giving her the strength to play football.
“I don’t have any family background in football but I must thank God for giving me the skills to play football,”
She said she started playing football when she was in class eight at Lautoka Methodist and also captained the team.
“I will continue to practice and play more football to keep growing and improving.”
Fiji FA vice president and women’s football director Susan Wise was one of the many spectators impressed with Eresito’s performance throughout the Vodafone Girls U-16 competition, and Wise believes she has plenty to offer her nation.
‘’During this tournament, Eresito led the Lautoka attack and showed her potential. When she received the ball she controlled it beautifully and she won the ball easily from opponents,” she said.
‘’I am happy she is in the U-16 squad as she needs to continue training in a proper programme.
“Eresito is one of those players that started football very young and has kept up with it. I believe her future is with football.”
She was first introduced to football through the OFC Just Play Programme when she was eight years old. Never missing a chance to play, Eresito spent every Saturday taking part in Just Play activities with her little brother, and every other day playing football with her cousins on the street.
At only age 13, Eresito received her first international call up, representing Fiji in the 2014 OFC U-17 Women’s Championship then, Lutu has represented Fiji in the 2015 OFC U-17 Championship and the 2016 OFC U-17 Women’s Championship in the Cook Islands.
The 2017 OFC U-16 Women’s Championship will be hosted by Samoa in August.