Footing for a decent meal

Asaeli Tunidau training with his Nasinu side at Fiji FA grounds in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Picture: FIJI FA MEDIA

When Nasinu beat Ba two weeks ago with a 2-0 scoreline during the Vodafone Premier League, one player in particular celebrated the victory in a deep and meaningful way.

Asaeli Tunidau thanked God for the win because it literally meant his family would be able to eat a decent meal.

The 26-year-old works as a mechanic by day and moonlights as a midfielder for the Nasinu soccer side.

The Natuva, Tailevu, native is the breadwinner for his family.

Tunidau’s eight siblings and his parents rely on his earnings – on and off the field – to meet their daily needs.

His story is like that of many Fijians across the country.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the list of jobless grows longer by the day, many are relying on that one person like Tunidau to keep them alive.

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