The Solomon Islands superstar Raphael Lea’i is enjoying his first minutes as a pro-player; his new club FK Velež Mostar from Bosnia and Herzegovina is now on a camp in Antalya, Turkey. The striker arrived late in the camp, but already took part in two friendly matches of the club – against Lithuanian national champions FK Žalgiris and Romanian side CS Minaur BM.
The Solomon Islands entered in the second half of the match against FK Žalgiris and played an important role: “Raphael Lea’i also played an important role in that winning action. He ran into the space, kept the ball, played a pass and in the following action scored a goal“, reported Sun Sports – “He is always in some good-looking position that smells of a good opportunity and a goal. Its fast, penetrating, and inconvenient to keep” it was added about his first game against the Lithuanian champions that ended up in a 1-0 win in favour of FK Velež Mostar. You can watch the highlights of this match by clicking here.
Against the Romanians of CS Minaur BM, Lea’i played the entire match and always a threat to the defensive system of the opponent team, mainly player as winger for his new club outfit. “Raphael Ohanua Lea’i (player from the Solomon Islands) also plays in the Mostar attack, a celebrity on his island, who arrived in Turkey only 3 days ago, because only then did the Bosnians solve his visa“, said Romanian media about Rapha‘s participation in the match. You also can watch the higlights of this match by clicking here.
Lea’i and his club still have one more match to be played in Turkey before returning to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina: they will be playing Ukranian top-tier side FK Minaj. The first official duty of the club this year will be against HŠK Posušje for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup, competition that Velež Mostar is the current title holder.