Some shocking news may change the outcome of the final matches of the 2019 season of the Telekom S-League, the top-tier of football in the Solomon Islands. It was stated recently by Oceania Football Center the wonderkid Raphael Lea’i scored eleven times in the last match of Henderson Eeels in the S-League season against Real Kakamora.
The superb performance of the 16-year-old forward put him with the fantastic record of 24 goals in seven matches for the runners-up in the national league. No one scored more goals than Raphael in the season, giving him the golden boot award so far. The night of awards in Solomon Islands is schedule to take place on 10th February – where the teams would receive their prizes as well the individual awards.
Despite his superb performance, his honours might in be danger just after the end of the league. The match that ended Henderson Eels 19-0 Real Kakamora is under investigation by SIFF committee and the most possible outcome from this can be cancellment of the result.
The smasing victory of Eels against Kakamora gave them a tight chance to still celebrate the title of Telekom S-League in case Guadalcanal would beat Solomon Warriors in the final matchday – fact that does not happened, as Warriors won by a forfeit of Guadalcanal.
There are two reasons for the match to be under investigation: one of the Henderson Eels players that took place in the match was not available to be used. Joses Nawo played the match, scored but, indeed, he could not be field due to suspension – the player received three yellow cards and need to face one-match ban against Real Kakamora.
Another issue that appoints the match was playing not according to the league rules comes from Real Kakamora squad: the club fielded more tha 10 players unregistered players in the same match. The both arguments may prove too strong for the maintenance of the on-pitch game result.
Solomon Warriors appealed to the football association sending and official complain letter about the game. The eleven goals scored by the prolific Raphael Lea’i might not be considered in the golden boot run, if SIFF decided to change the result of the game.
The title race would keep unchanged whenever the decision of SIFF is: Solomon Warriors won their match and they needed only a draw to seal their title. The only difference is exactly in the individual award given to the top goalscorer of the league. If the 11 goals of Lea’i are ruled out, the golden boot would be awarded to Ni-Vanuatu international Tony Kaltack, striker of Solomon Warriors that scored 19 times in the process.
It is still unclear what will the decision, but the case is now with the SIFF Disciplinary Committee that may have an answer for the fans questions very soon.