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Joker Returns to Samoa

In 2010 Joker moved to New Zealand to play for Upper Hutt City Football club based in Wellington, despite his success – he has never forgotten his roots in Samoa.
He hails from the villages of Alamagoto, Faleapuna and Vaitoomuli Savaii. In his interview with FFS Joker explains “it was a really good experience playing in New Zealand, especially against players from other countries like Argentina, Chile, Australia and the Solomon Islands”.
This helped him improve his game and most importantly come into contact with people of different leagues and cultural backgrounds.
Prior to his success and experience in the game of football, Joker first played for his village team, Adidas Sports club in the men’s premier league division.
He was also a national rep for many years.
Accordingly, his dream of playing football started when he was 10 years old. Having attended Marist Brother’s school Mulivai he was selected for Samoa’s under 12 boys team in 1999. From there on, he continued to improve and became passionate about the game. Smiling and telling his story, “I was shy, and had low self esteem. I remember the first day I practiced football, me and my little brother used our dad’s tennis ball to dribble in our garage. It has always been a dream to play football in the professional level and that’s the main purpose why I’m here because I want to help out with the development of football in Samoa.”
Joker believes that in everything we do and when we are successful we must always give back to our community to enable others to benefit from our experiences. “Ive always dreamt to become a football star and so far I have been successful. Now I am inspired to share this success with our youngsters.”
Joker was one of the participants for FIFA Youth coaching course that was concluded on Friday 26th July 2013, ZOVA Just Play trial that ended lastweek Saturday 3rd August 2013 and he is part of the FFS Volunteers as well as a referee.

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