Scott Wara honored to represent Fiji

It is not that common to see Pacific Islanders playing in Europe, but it happens. Some known examples are David Browne and Nicho Prasad who are currently playing in Finland and Germany respectively. However there is another player that must be highlighted despite being a free agent at this moment: Scott Wara.

Born in Lautoka (Fiji), Wara moved to England with his parents when he was very young and started to play football seriously when he was 13. He spent many years playing for Stoke City’s youth teams until leaving the club earlier this year.

Oceania Football Center talked to the 20-year-old defender from Fiji about his career and his views on Fijian football. You can check the full interview below:

How is your development as a player in England?
It is being amazing! I was able to train under some of the best coaches in the world and play with and against some players who played in the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League. And, obviously, going on loan to Leek Town, which was a kind of other end of the scale, but still with great players, gave me the development I really needed in football.

You have already played for Fiji National Team and Fiji U23. How was the experience of being part of your National Team?
I only have good memories! Being able to represent your country is always an honor. So it was obviously a great moment for me and my family. Not every player can say they were able to play for their national team.

What is your opinion about Fijian football? Is it developing in recent years? Do you see room for improvement?
It is better than I expected, but as in any football level, there is always room for improvement. I think the path they are following with hiring experienced coaches who have experience in Europe is a step in the right direction. I think the next step is to get more Fijian players in professional leagues so that they can improve and play higher levels of football.

Have any clubs contacted you after you left Stoke City?
I have some clubs at the moment, but I’m not sure where to sign at the moment because of the place where I feel most suitable for me and my family. Staying in England is my priority. If there are no opportunities here, then I will go elsewhere, but I want to prove myself first in the best league, hopefully. If this is not the case, then I am happy to play anywhere that offers me sufficient exposure and experience. I am working as hard as I can to come back from a small wound and, by God’s grace, I will soon be back.

You are a great example for Fijians and Pacific Islanders, as well as for players who wish to reach professional level. What message could you leave to your compatriots in Fiji who are currently pursuing a football career?
I think the message I would like to leave is just to learn to fall in love with football first and foremost. I see many players who just love the idea of being a professional football player, but not the sport itself. I say this because at some point in your career you will face fights, but your love for the game will be the main factor that will stimulate you.

Oceania Football Center would like to thank Scott Wara for sharing his thoughts with us. We wish him good luck in his career as a professional footballer.

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