Half of the season is past and now S-League is coming to its end. The transfer window is open and all teams are looking for new players to strengthen their squads. This gameweek also marks the return of U17 National Team players that came back home this week after playing World Cup in Brazil but they probably will not play this weekend because they need some rest after a long trip way back home.
Let’s check the weekend matches!
MARIST vs SOLOMON WARRIORS
Marist ended the first round of the league in the fifth position and it may be disappointing for their supporters. They now have a very difficult match against Solomon Warriors and the expectations are really high among the current leader’s players. “Win” – that was the answer of John Alick when asked about Warriors’ expectations for this match. Solomon Warriors has a very strong side and they really need to win and win if they really want to end the season as the league champions but they are also aware that Marist can be a hard challenge for them – “Second round starts this weekend, it is a must win for us against Marist to remain on top of the table. But it is not easy to beat them. So this week we really worked hard for this match […] All teams work hard to keep Warriors from not to score. So it is not easy to beat them. We must work really hard to beat them.” said Gibson Daudau.
MALAITA KINGZ vs REAL KAKAMORA
Malaita Kingz made one of the biggest deals of this transfer window when they announced Nigel Dabinyaba as their new player. Dabinyaba is one of the best players from Papua New Guinea and he will play with his countrymen Emmanuel Simon and Michael Foster. Real Kakamora lost all their seven matches so far in the league and they probably will not win against Kingz.
GUADALCANAL vs LAUGU UNITED
Laugu United is back to the top of Solomon Islands’ football after some years in absence. They had a competent first round winning three of their eight matches to be the sixth placed team in the table. Laugu signed many players for the league’s continuity. Guadalcanal won only one match in the first round and they need to add some quality to the squad if they want to be a competitive side in the S-League. Despite the difference of level between both teams, Laugu United topscorer Atkin Kaua advised “We are not going to take this game lightly. We have some new inclusions in our current squad and our preparation for this match is fine. We aim three points from this match.“
KOSSA vs HENDERSON EELS
Henderson Eels is another team that comes stronger for the second round with some players coming back from U17 World Cup and some great players joining the club like Raphael Lea’i and Leon Kofana that are on vacation from school. Anyway these young players that defended Solomon Islands in the World Cup are not supposed to face Kossa initially – “We are not training yet, we are having a little rest […] We start training next week” said right back Derick Taebo. They will face a good Kossa FC that had many players involved in the U17 World Cup. Despite the good opponent, Henderson Eels’ players know this match is very important and they need to win if they want to keep up with Solomon Warriors on the top of the table – “We believe in each player that we can do it this weekend” said Patrick Taroga but they are prepared for this weekend’s challenge “I am confident of a positive result tomorrow. While the title is the ultimate aim, we prefer to think game by game“. said Eels’ coach Eddie Marahare. Kossa played only six matches so far because they had some matches postponed due to U17 World Cup so they will have the opportunity to take the third position with some distance to the fourth and fifth placed teams if they win the catch-up games.
Oceania Football center wishes good luck to all teams!