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Fiso primed for challenge in Samoa

Skilful on the ball and with speed to burn, the teenage flyer played with maturity well beyond his age to turn heads at the Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Nuku’alofa.
Less than a week after his exploits in Tonga, Fiso has set his sights on his next challenge at the OFC U-17 Championship Preliminary which is set to kick off on Saturday in Apia.
He is one of eight players from the U-20 American Samoan squad who are also eligible to compete in Samoa.
And he is confident his side has what it takes to finish ahead of the hosts, Cook Islands and Tonga to secure the last available spot in next February’s OFC U-17 Championship in Tahiti.
“I think we have a very good team and the U-20 tournament was a great experience for us to prepare for the competition in Samoa,” he says.
“It would mean a lot to us to qualify and we will do our best.”
Fiso, who grew up in a volleyball family, has only discovered football four years ago.
“I was always involved in all kinds of sports and especially volleyball before I started to play football in school,” he says.
“I fell in love with it straight away and football is my favourite sport now, but I still play volleyball too.”
He says it’s the camaraderie and close friendships he has formed through the game that makes football so special for him.
“My teammates are the most important part of the game for me, they are my best friends and I enjoy to play with them and for them.
“We look after each other and help each other,” the young forward says.
Despite his impressive performances up front for the U-20 side, Fiso says he prefers to play in midfield.
“In midfield I feel more involved, I feel like I’m really part of the team and that’s very important for me.
“As a striker you are sometimes isolated but I’m happy to play in any position where I’m the most useful.”
With the support of his close knit family, Fiso says he will work hard to achieve his dreams.
“Representing American Samoa means a lot to me because it makes me and my family really proud.
“I will do everything I can to be selected for the senior national team one day,” Fiso says.
“I also really enjoy travelling and I hope football can take me around the world.
“My dream is to play for a big overseas club like Arsenal,” he laughs.

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