Introducing Oceania’s Eleven. Throughout 2018 we will be tracking 11 promising footballers who we believe will have a breakout season in Oceania and beyond.
The third player to feature in our Oceania’s Eleven series is a goal scoring midfielder with huge talent and a big 2018 ahead of him – Christopher Wasasala.
Wasasala was top scorer in the Fiji Premier League in 2017 for Labasa FC and that form led to a move to current champions Lautoka FC.
He has started well, scoring twice as Lautoka beat Tuvua 5-1 on the opening day of the season.
The stylish midfielder has an eye for goal and in the space of three years the 23-year-old has become one of the best players in the division.
It is surprising that Wasasala only made his international debut in 2017 but since then he has scored five goals in just 11 games.
His international goals included four in a single game during an 8-0 win against Tuvalu and his team’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with tournament winners Vanuatu during the Pacific Mini Games in December.
Everywhere he has played he has scored goals. A hat trick in the BOG semi final for Labasa last year, a winner for Lautoka in the IDC semi-final in October 2017 – the goals just keep on coming.
In fact, in one game against the Federated States of Micronesia Wasasala scored NINE times in a 38-0 rout. The scoreline was not particularly impressive, given some of the opposition had never played 11-a-side football before, but Wasasala scoring a quarter of the goals highlighted his importance to the team.
It was more remarkable that at the age of 21, that was actually his international debut!
Why is Wasasala one to watch in 2018? Apart from his incredible goal scoring record he has the desire and discipline to make it to the top of the game.
In 2015 he helped Fiji qualify for the Olympics in Rio (he was left out of the final squad) and then completed his training a recruit for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.
At the time his father spoke to FijiTimes about Wasasala’s career progress. He said: “”He is the type of person that strives for things and doesn’t want to burden others in the process.
“He doesn’t smoke nor drink, he continues to train and keep himself fit.
“Through all he has done he has lifted the family name and for that we are grateful.”
It is this desire and professionalism that will help him to step up for Lautoka FC and take his 2018 to new heights.
The good news for Lautoka is he has already struck up an accord with striker Siotama Kubu. For the national team, his relationship with Ba FC striker Saula Waqa could prove vital in the coming year.
As Lautoka prepare for an Oceania Champions League campaign and the defence of their title. the humble 23-year-old in their midfield could be about to have his best year yet.