Rugby fan's loyalties divided

By Sialai Sarafina Sanerivi 05 October 2019, 8:38PM

Kaito Asai, of Fukuoka in Japan and Saipipi in Savaii will not be choosing sides when Japan clashes with the Manu Samoa tonight.

The 17-year-old is living and studying in Japan while his parents are in Palau for work. 

Kaito's father, Hiroshi Asai, is Japanese and his mother, Lalago Tofa Asai, is Samoan.

So, which team will he be rooting for?

"I will cheer for both," he told Samoa Observer.

"I am certain it will be tough, but may the best team win. 

"It doesn't matter to me which team will win, i just them the best for the game."

However, Kaito admits Japan has a fair chance of winning.

"This is because there is a great momentum here in Japan and there are a lot of supporters for the host team compare to Samoa," he said. 

Asked about his opinion on the Rugby World Cup, Kaito said, so far, the host nation has done a fine job of embracing the games.

"Those who were not interested in Rugby are now interested and it has been crowded," he said. 

Lastly, Kaito is hoping that both teams will make the finals. 

"Manu Samoa has a game near the area of our school on the 12th and I am hoping I go and cheer."

By Sialai Sarafina Sanerivi 05 October 2019, 8:38PM

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