If you wind the clocks back to last week, you would be forgiven if you predicted Keisuke Honda would steal the FFA Cup headlines, but instead it was a Japanese kitchenhand who stole the show.
Tasuku Sekiya scored a brace in APIA Leichhardt’s shock 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory in the FFA Cup and was shattered Honda did not make the trip for the game.
APIA lost 5-3 on penalties to Sydney United last week in the first week of the NPL Finals and Sekiya said it made the win over Victory sweeter.
Nathan Millgate sealed the deal in the final 10 minutes, despite Victory making it 2-2 courtesy of a Kenny Athiu brace.
“It was a big win, I’m just exhausted, in the last 10 minutes, I just copped it and it was very hard,” Sekiya said post-match.
“I can’t believe I scored two goals. I just hit the first goal and I didn’t think about anything.
“I think in APIA’s history, before the game everyone was saying we’ll make history. It was my first time playing against an A-League team so it’s a massive win.
“I think everyone definitely had sore muscles and were cramping. We were tired, but it was a mental battle.”
Sekiya is currently juggling kitchenhand work with coaching and two days of business school a week.
The cup hero said he wanted to live in Australia permanently after living here for three years and was keen to meet his idol, Honda.
Sekiya added: “Unfortunately, I wish he could’ve been here. I want to meet him, but it’s out of my control. I hope I meet him one day… next time.”