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Fiji’s rising star

The 20-year-old striker is fast becoming one of the key players in Frank Farina’s Olympic squad and he has underlined his importance with a brace against Brazilian club side Parana Clube earlier this week.
Verovou burts onto the scene during last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand by heading home against European giants Germany.
With that goal he become Fiji’s first ever player to score at a World Cup.
A couple of day later he backed up his heroics with another goal in Fiji’s historic 3-0 win over Honduras.
Verevou says the U-20 World Cup is something he will never forget.
“I felt like I have achieved my dream by rewriting Fijian football history.
“But now I want to keep the trend by scoring during the Olympic Games.”

Following the World Cup, Verevou represented the Fijian U-23 side that qualified for the Olympic Games and he received his maiden senior national team call up a short time later.
His achievements didn’t go unnoticed at home as he became the first football player since Abraham Watkins 28 years ago to scoop the Fiji Sportsman of the Year award last month.
Verevou admits he was surprised by the recognition.
“Yes it was a huge shock. I didn’t expect to win the award because there were so many other sport people players nominated.
“Its huge achievement for me and for FIJI FA too,” he says.
“I’m proud to be the second footballer in the country to be given this prestigious award.”

Verevou says he is not sure whether he will be included in the senior squad for next month’s OFC Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea.
But whatever happens he has plenty to look forward to with the Olympics Games in August.
“It would be an honour to be part of the Nations Cup because that’s the road towards the World Cup and my dream is to play in the main World Cup one day.” he says
“The Olympics Games are another important milestone.
“We will create another piece of history by becoming the first Fijian team to play in the competition.”

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