From ball boy to Fiji U17

January 11, 2023 4:53 pm

Waisea Gonelevu [left] with the other Baby Bula Boys players from Ba

The tables have turned for Waisea Gonelevu who was once a ball boy in Ba and is now ready to run out with the Baby Bula Boys for the OFC under-17 Championship.

Growing up, Gonelevu drew his inspiration from what he saw on the ground close to his home.

He says he has always imitated the way the senior team plays.

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“I stay near the Fiji Football academy ground in Ba so I used to be one of the ball boys since I was 12 years old. We used to fight for the ball boy position so when I used to be there, I play with the ball on the sidelines and look at the senior players playing..i tell myself that one day I want to be like them”

The youngster says he’s also encouraging his fellow ball boys back at home to never give up.

“I was picked to play for the under-14 team and then my coach recommended me to try out for the under 16 for Fiji, that led to me being here. It was a huge moment for me to be named in the squad and I have always encouraged my boys back at home who are also ball boys that nothing is impossible”

Fiji will play Samoa tomorrow at 7 pm at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.