Paulo Buke recently departed from Ba to move back to his roots in Nadroga, the attacker talked to Oceania Football Center about his move and about his expecations in the future. Buke, that works as a police officer, moved to Nadroga due his work commitments, as he says: “I needed to move back to Nadroga because of my work committment. I also did not have much game time in Ba,” disclosed the Fijian international. The attacker was frustrated due being dropped from OFC Champions League – “They brought many players from other districts and also foreigners. So we knew that we wouldnt be having a chance“, stated Buke.
Buke, that already debut in the last weekend in a 2-0 win of Nadroga, also disclosed that other districts from the Premier League wanted to sign him, but he opted to move back to Nadroga, where he got fame in Fijian football: “Nadi and Lautoka also approached me, so maybe I will think about transfering my work and play there, but not at the moment. I am focused to promote Nadroga back to first division, where they deserve to be,” said the new signing of the Stallions.
“I have very strong links with Nadroga, they respect a lot their players. I had some issues on this matter in Ba, but Ba is in my heart – I will always be positive about my home town Ba -, every team has its ups and downs,” stated Paulo Buke.
Despite playing now in the second tier of Fijian football, the Vodafone Senior League, Buke is positive about restarting his project to move back to Fiji national football team: “It was the happiest part of my life since that was one of my aim to wear that Fiji jersey – now I am training hard to have another chance in the national team under the new head coach,” explained Buke. The striker was called up for the Bula Boys by the former Fiji head coach, the French Christophe Gamel – “I admire a lot coach Gamel, a very good head coach that gave chance for players coming from little teams“, added the striker.
“It is not easy to balance work and football as we need to do in Fiji – It is not also easy to manage a team here in the country,” stated the new Nadroga signing, “but I will continue training hard to put Nadroga up and have my chance to wear Fiji jersey again – I will make sure I get back to the national team and represent my country,” completed a proud Buke.
Nadroga will continue their campaign in Vodafone Senior League as they take on Rakiraki this Saturday (01st Aug) at Lawaqa Park – counting, certainly, on the quality of Paulo Buke.