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‘They are our heroes’

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio

‘They are our heroes’When the Manu Samoa Sevens team hoisted the Las Vegas Trophy at Sam Boyd Stadium yesterday, their family members in Samoa were glued in front of their TV sets with tears of joy.

Paul Perez’s parents at Vaigaga immediately knelt to give thanks to the Almighty God. Father, Toiaivao Andy Perez said it was hard to watch his son in such a tough game. “Before Paul left for Las Vegas, we encouraged him to try his best and remember that he is carrying Samoa’s name,” Toia said.

“So we give God the glory for all the strength given to the boys in blue.”
Toiaivao said he was proud of his son. Equally proud was his mother, Leone.

“Paul wasn’t supposed to come back, he was supposed to be at his contract in Africa,” Mrs Perez said. “He came back last Christmas saying he really wants to play for Samoa because his heart is here in Samoa.”

‘They are our heroes’ Mrs Perez said she spoke to her son yesterday morning.
“He called me today (yesterday) before the tournament started and said ‘we will bring the cup home.”

Paul is the youngest of 10 childr en. He hails from Vaigaga and Leone.
At Alafoti Faosiliva’s family in Afega, mother Vaegavao Faosiliva said she couldn’t look at the TV when her son received the final pass which led to the winning try.

“I thought Alafoti will drop the ball or something because he looked very tired,” she said.
“When he scored, I couldn’t stop my tears. I just want to say ‘thank you God for the courage you’ve given to the Manu Sevens.”

As for his son, Vaegavao said he should continue to be humble because the competition is not over yet.
Alafoti’s three children were present and Vaegavao said they are a bundle of joy to her when they watch their father play.

“They were cheering when they saw their father with the ball,” Mrs Alafoti said.
Reupena Levasa’s father, Levasa Tulai said God is to be praised.

‘They are our heroes’ His wife, Osalini Levasa agrees.
“Reupena had an operation to his right wrist which is why I was so worried when he told me he’s going back to play for the Sevens Team,” Mrs Levasa said.

“He was told to rest for six weeks, and I knew the way Reupena played that he is still scared but his heart is strong that he can still try his best for Samoa.”
Mrs Levasa said the text messages she saw on TV where people said Reupena should not be playing hurt her badly.

“I know people do not understand the reasons why he missed the ball so many times because I know he is still scared because of his hand but his heart pushes him to try his best.”

 

 

 

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