The Suva’s striker Marlon Tahioa received his first call-up to his national recently; the player made a name for himself in Fiji, having played for Nasinu and Labasa beforing being picked up by one of the strongest teams of Fiji recently.
The call-up is certainly deserved for Tahioa, the striker is a good form in his club and caught the attention of Solomon Islands’ head coach Felipe Vega-Arango. The player is set to for his debut with his national team in the Tri-Nations friendly tournament that is taking place in Churchill Park, Lautoka.
“Honestly I feel great and honoured at the same time, because it is my first time to receive a national team call-up for the Solomon Islands. I know that there are many good players, but i thank God that he has given me an great opportunity to represent my country“, states the player in interview to Oceania Football Center – “I also thank the coach for giving me the opportunity to play for the national team, because it is once in a lifetime thing and also it is the highest level of football that we can reach“, added the striker.
The striker, that recently helped his team to qualify for the OFC Champions League group stage to be played in Vanuatu this May, confirmed his presence in the regional tournament and also talked about the chances of his team in the competition: “Suva is a good team, the bonding between all the plyers is good. We have to work hard and work together because O-League is going to be tough“, said the player.
As Tahioa expects more international call-ups in the future, the striker states how he approaches the team camp for the first time: “I believe so that I will have more opportunitues, but I am being humble to join the team and work“, added Suva’s number 10.
Solomon Islands kicked-off the Tri-Nations in style as they won the Fiji U-20 squad by 4-1 and will be expecting to play Fiji national team and Vanuatu national team in the upcoming matches of the friendly tournament – and Tahioa for sure will be involved.