It was not only me, but my my whole family were also excited and grateful for my first world cup appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 this October.
Folio Moeaki started as a football player of Marist Football Club and the highest he reached was a national player in the Tonga national squad. But before that he was a rugby player as well then he finally decided to stick to football. Moeaki played for his club and at the same time he took up referees and not very long he was one of the best assistant referees here in Tonga.
‘’First and foremost, I must thank the God almighty for giving me the strength as I always asked him to be with me at all times, And no doubt I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me, (Phillipine 4:13) ‘’Moeaki says.
‘’This is not an easy journey, but I gave all my best during our weekly training, fitness training and weekly matches. I have made a lot of sacrifices and I thank my family for showing their full support.’’
‘’I have a goal, and I’m working so hard to achieve and going to India for the FIFA U-17 is one of my goal,’’ replied Moeaki.
‘’I always look up on Tevita Makasin, and he is my role model. Makasini gave me a training program and not only that he assisted me when he’s here in the Kingdom.”
“The biggest challenge for me has been learning and adapting to the new laws. I think that could be hard for me during the competition because it is my first time but I am confident to face any challenges that come my way,” Moeaki added.
‘’Before I leave, I would like to thank the Tonga Football especially Tevita Vea and his staff for their continued support. I know without their assistance I would not make it this far, and of course they believed in me. I am looking forward to go, but I promised that I will do my best during the competition.’’
Moeaki will join two others in Auckland for further training before they depart to India as the world cup will kick off on the 6thOctober.
Tevita Vea is the head of refereeing department at the Tonga Football and he worked very closely with Moeaki.
‘’Moeaki worked so hard in every training session we had and on top of that he’s very disciplined,’’Vea said.
‘’Wishing you Moeaki the very best and I trust you will do good, and don’t forget that you have a brighter pathway lies ahead of you,’’ Vea added.