The acclamation of Rewa’s Hughes brothers

The 2020 edition of the Battle of Giants in Fiji came to and end; for the Rewa fans it was a remarkable tournament as the Delta Tigers lifted the trophy for their 9th in history. The team from Nausori counted on the quality of players such as Kavaia Rawaqa and Gabriele Matanisiga to clinch the title, but two identical brothers captured the spotlight in the finals to seal the gloryfor Rewa: Bruce and Setareki Hughes.

The 23-year-old central striker Bruce Hughes was the only goalscorer of the grand final match against Suva, while his older brother Seta Hughes scored three goals throught the tournament and ended up being awarded the ‘Best player of Tournament’ by Fiji FA.

Bruce and Setareki Hughes – FIji FA Media

While Setareki represented the Bula Boys 22 times – also including participations at FIFA U20 World Cup in 2015 and in the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s football tournament – his younger brother Bruce is still to be capped by the senior national team, but recently Bruce Hughes was part of the U23 OFC Olympics Qualifiers squad of Fiji in 2019. The two brothers also were part of the OFC Futsal Nations Cup squad of their country, competition where Fiji ended up in the 5th place being captained by Setareki.

The still 25-year-old Setareki Hughes, already team captain of Rewa, guided his side to an incredible Battle of Giants win. Setareki seems to be back at the peak of his form, deserving so a return call for the Fiji national team as the player was absent from the previous lists of the Bula Boys. Bruce has been providing his capabilities in the past seasons for the Delta Tigers and he is certainly under the radar of the new national team head coach Flemming Serritslev – the Danish coach watched the entire BOG tournament evulating Fijian players and might be impressed with both brothers performances.


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