Samoa skipper eyes future

The 32-year-old is one of the oldest and most experienced players in a squad dominated by young local talent.
He is also the captain of the national team which will represent Samoa in next month’s OFC Nations Cup.
Faauiaso believes these prestigious international tournaments offer a great opportunity for emerging Samoan footballers to showcase themselves as well as improve their standards.
“The most important thing for me is the development of our young players, that they learn and get some experience,” he says.
“We need more players and better players. The OFC competitions are big help.”
Growing up in a rugby-mad country Faauiaso knows all too well the importance of promoting the football to youngsters.
“In Samoa everyone played rugby but it wasn’t my game. I started to play football when I was four and it was always my passion, I played a bit of sevens rugby when I was kid but it’s not for me.
“I want to see more kids like me playing football.”
Samoa is in the second year of its five-year football development plan and Faauisaso is determined to play a big part in ensuring a bright future for the game in his beloved land.
“Yeah it’s exciting, I’m getting old now and I just want to pass on my experience and talent to the young fellows.
“I always want to win, but for me, it’s even more important than the result that our players get better and better.”
Kiwi FC open their 2016 OFC Champions League campaign against AS Magenta of New Caledonia on Friday 8 April at 3.30pm.


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