Lewis finds his feet

The 19-year-old has matured immensely through 2015 and into 2016 going from the U-20 World Cup to the Olympic Qualifiers and earning himself a regular spot in the Auckland City line-up.

Having helped the side into their sixth consecutive OFC Champions League final, Lewis is hoping he’s done enough to solidify a starting spot.

I’m pretty happy at the moment,” he says of his performances so far in the tournament.

“I’ve had three starts now so that’s quite good. Obviously you can always do better so if I get a start in the final then I’d like to do one better.”

Making the tournament extra special for Lewis is the fact his father Barry has also been taking part for Kiwi FC of Samoa.

Although their paths haven’t crossed on the field, it’s something Lewis deems “pretty cool”.

“I mean not many people get to say that so it’s quite good,” he says.

“I hope he’s proud of me, we might even go down in the history books.”

Lewis has a couple of appearances with the All Whites under his belt, and says with the OFC Nations Cup on the horizon he’s enjoyed the opportunity to get some experience against national team players from across the Pacific.

“It’s quite good actually, obviously to see some of the talent that’s in Tahiti and Papua New Guinea. Hopefully if we do play some of those teams I know the players and that will be a confidence booster for me.”

The Nations Cup will be held in Papua New Guinea, a place that Lewis knows well but doesn’t have the fondest memories of.

“Papua New Guinea was alright to be fair. The pitch wasn’t great but we played well,” he recalls.

“Unfortunately we had that mishap but we have to move on and we look forward to the Nations Cup.

“We’re keen to win for sure. The Confederations Cup is a big event, everyone wants to be there.”

But before he can really turn his attention to earning a spot in the All Whites Nations Cup squad, Lewis has the impending OFC Champions League final to deal with.

It’s new territory for the midfielder but it’s something he’s looking forward to.

“Obviously we know Team Wellington quite well,” he says.

“We’ve played them a couple of times this year and we’ve had a win apiece and a draw.

“It will be a tough encounter, I’m looking forward to it.”

Story courtesy of OFC. For more on OFC Champions League visit www.oceaniafootball.com

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