This Telekom S-League season is coming to its end and the fights are becoming even more specific once things become to be decided in the league. Solomon Warriors and Henderson Eels are fighting for the title with a slight advantage for Warriors after Eels’ draw against Kossa last weekend. Scroll down and check the preview of this weekend’s matches!
LAUGU UNITED vs KOSSA
An important match for both teams! Laugu and Kossa are tied in the table with 13 points each and a win may take the winner to the third position in the league. Kossa won Laugu by 2-0 in their last meeting and both teams have added some good players for the second round of the season and this match is going to be very exciting for those who are coming to watch it at Lawson Tama Stadium.
“It is another big game for us. Laugu has some new players and it will be an interesting match” said Kossa goalkeeper Phillip Mango. “We are very motivated […] there were some fails in the preparation but we are ready.” said Adrian Mara.
Kossa drew against Henderson Eels last weekend by 1-1 in the return of some players and the coach Viv Wickham that were representing Solomon Islands in the U17 World Cup that was held in Brazil.
Laugu is not going to count on Michael Sira. The 27 years old defender is suspended and is going to miss this match. He talked to Oceania Football Center about his worries for this weekend’s game: “They worked very hard this week to face Kossa and we hope to give them a good game. We do not have well experienced defenders for this match except Allen Peter. Our defenders are very young but we have very good forwards”.
Talking about forwards, Laugu scored 17 goals in the league so far and eight were scored by Atkin Kaua. “It is a game that will test our character […] It is going to be a tough encounter for us given the experience that Kossa has in the league. However we have a unit which I believe can cause upset to any team in the league.” said Kaua.
SOLOMON WARRIORS vs MALAITA KINGS
Solomon Warriors is currently leading the league with 25 points in nine matches. They are the only team that remains unbeaten in this S-League season. They are going to face Malaita Kings that lost in the midweek for Isabel United by 1-0 in a match that marked the debut of Nigel Dabinyaba that came from Papua New Guinea to strengthen the team for the second round of the league.
Dabinyaba is not the only player from PNG that plays for Kings: Emmanuel Simon and Michael Foster are also playing there, They arrived in the beginning of the season and they are the pillars of the team – “We (players from PNG) talk to the other players all the time because most of them are young and inexperient.” said Simon – “We know that Solomon Warriors are the best team in the league so everyone needs to push hard if we want a good result” he complemented.
“Every team want to beat us […] We treat every game like a final” said Warriors’ player Dennis Ifunaoa.
Solomon Warriors has the best attack of the league scoring 46 goals so far. Their powerful attack is even stronger for the second half of the season with Benjamin Totori and Dennis Ifunaoa arrivals. “Our defense should not allow space” stated Simon.
Henderson Eels are crossing their fingers wishing a Warriors’ draw or lose against Malaita Kings. On the other hand, Laugu United and Kossa are looking at these match because they can jump to the third position in the table if Kings lose.
HENDERSON EELS vs MARIST
Marist is having such a disappointing season standing in the seventh place of the table with eleven points in nine matches while Henderson Eels is in the second position just three points behind Solomon Warriors.
Both teams need to win to keep their expectations alive: Eels drew against Kossa last weekend and they need to win if they want to keep up with Warriors in the title race. Marist is living such a bad moment in the league and they really need to make some points in order to keep up with other teams to fight for the third position.
“We step up the intensity of training this week in preparation for this match. We took the positives of last match and work our weaknesses to improve team performance […] All players are injury Free!” said Eels’ coach Eddie Marahare.
Last match marked the debut of Raphael Lea’i for Henderson Eels. The 17 years old forward adds more quality to Eels’ attack and he can be a real threat for Marist defense. Will he score his first goal for Eels this weekend?
REAL KAKAMORA vs ISABEL UNITED
Isabel United is back to pitch to face Real Kakamora after beating Malaita Kings by 1-0 in a midweek match. Currently in the sixth position, Isabel is the clear favourite to win this match to keep up with other teams to fight for the third position in the league – “We have some new players so we worked more on the team’s combination this week. The win against Malaita Kings really boasted the team’s morale.” said Isabel’s player Jordan Lea’alafa. Real Kakamora is the only team that still did not win in the league and it does not seem that they are going to win this weekend. “Most of us are playing the S-League for the first time” said Lonzy Dalton, a 19 years old player from Real Kakamora.
Anyway Isabel United is totally focused and prepared for this match – “Our team officials insisted that we need to improve and minimize our mistakes. So we have been working on sharpen things up in preparation for this weekend’s match.” stated Lea’Alafa.
Guadalcanal is in a bye week. Oceania Football Center wishes good luck to all teams!