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Women sevens player returns to football

Her passion of playing football and civic pride was what brought Viniana Riwai back to football.
Riwai, who was a recent Fijiana 7s team member, rejoined the Vodafone Fiji Women’s football camp preparing for the OFC Women’s qualifiers.
Riwai said he was proud to serve her country both in football and rugby.
“I am always happy to fly Fiji’s flag whether its rugby and football because I love both sports,”Riwai said.
The Cakaudrove lass began her sporting career in football representing Labasa Muslim College before she was selected to be part of the Labasa women’s team that won the Inter District Championship two years in a row in 2012 and 2013.
She said coming back to football was another challenge for her.
“Returning to football will be a bit tough for me as I have been playing rugby where we use our hands and run with the ball while football is played with the feet,”
Riwai who plays at the midfielder’s position and is looking forward to get back to football with the support of her teammates.
“I know it won’t be hard for me because my teammates are very helpful and I have gelled well with them and hope to get back the touches of football soon, “said Riwai.
Riwai said she was ready to help the Vodafone national women team at the OFC Qualifiers this month.
“I am happy that I am once again given an opportunity to play for my country in football and will do my best to help the team qualify for the OFC Nations Cup,”
“I know it won’t be that hard for me as I have been playing at the first five eight in rugby and have been kicking a lot and I think that will help me well to get back my touches,”
The former Labasa Muslim College student was part of the national under 19 women’s team during Mini Pacific Games in 2015.

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