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Dreams Shattered

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio

Dreams Shattered The word disappointing doesn’t cut it. Heartbreaking is close. As a matter of fact, no amount of words can describe the agony experienced by five players who were injured when the SRU truck crashed on Saturday, two weeks ago.

The players will not be in the Samoa A list when the team is announced later this week. And that has left at least one of them, unsure about his future.

“This was supposed to be my future career to support my family and to serve Samoa.” Vailele Saofa’iga, like most young Samoan men, had a dream of being a professional rugby player and of wearing the much sought-after royal blue Manu Samoa shirt.

That dream is now in tatters as he lies in the Acute Seven ward of Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital suffering a broken neck and a bruised hip. The 22 year old is one of 5 Samoa ‘A’ training squad players admitted after the SRU truck accident at Vaoala last Saturday.

Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, he said he is now not sure about his future career as a rugby player. What is s

ure though is he is no longer part of the Samoa ‘A’ coach’s immediate plans. “The doctors have recommended that the injured players from the accident need up to six weeks to recover,” said coach, Fepulea’i Selefuti Patu.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Saofa’iga said he is still in pain from the wounds he received from the accident last week.
“I know for sure I will not be picked for the Samoa ‘A’ squad next week,” he said.

“Because of the injuries I received from the accident, I need time to recover,” he said.
“Up to now, I haven’t figured out the next step for me because of the injuries I’m dealing with,” Saofa’iga said.

“It seems like my dreams will be thrown into the ocean and I don’t know where to go from here.”
The Mulivai, Safata player said he hasn’t heard the latest update for the squad from their coach  but he was told that he can play again in the future if he recovers from his injuries.

“The injuries are pretty much serious, as I said I’m unsure of what step to take next,” Mr Saofa’iga said.
But in a recent interview with coach Fepulea’i, he confirmed that there will be a chance for the injured Samoa ‘A’ squad players.

He said the team will be announced next week because they have to consider the unfortunate boys who were injured.
The coach confirmed that Saofa’iga and the other four players admitted after the accident, will not be part of the team “but these boys will still get a chance in November”.

 

 

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