Tevita Koroi: Fijian “Rogério Ceni”

Rogério Ceni is one of the most successful goalkeepers of all time. He is the biggest idol of São Paulo Futebol Clube, one of the greatest teams in Brazil, winning 19 trophies in 25 years with Tricolor Paulista.

He also capped 16 times for Brazil National Team, being part of 2002 World Cup champion squad as Marcos’ back-up.

Rogério Ceni with Libertadores’ trophy after winning 2005 Copa Libertadores

Despite being a great goalkeeper under the post, he’s most known due to his goals. Ceni was a prolific free-kick and penalty-kick taker. He’s the goalkeeper with most goals scored in football history with 131 goals, all of them for São Paulo.

Even not being a free kick taker, Fijian goalkeeper Tevita Koroi is something special when it comes to penalty kick taking. Tailevu Naitasiri scored 23 goals in 2019 season including Vodafone Senior League and Inter-District Championship. He was one of the team’s season topscorer wth three goals, alongside with Prashant Chand and Jone Salauneune. The difference is that Koroi played 12 games, averaging 0,25 goals per match, while Chand played 13 matches and Salauneune played eight.

Tevita Koroi

Currently playing for Tailevu Naitasiri, the 25 years old goalkeeper has already a good history in local Football. He took part in Fiji U20 squad for 2013 OFC U20 Championship helping his national team to finish as runner-up. He also took part in one of the greatest moments of Oceanian football history: he was the Fiji’s starting goalkeeper in 2015 U23 Olympic Qualifier, saving a penalty kick against Vanuatu in the final match to get a spot in 2016 Olympics.

With a good past, the young goalkeeper looks forward to new challenges. He’s ready to prove everyone he’s able to come back to Fiji Premier League and show his potential.

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