Dennis Ifunaoa: we are happy for winning

The Solomon Islands champions Solomon Warriors started in fashion their campaign in a hard fought win over the newcomers from Tahiti AS Tiare Tahiti thanks a clinical header by their star-player Dennis Ifunaoa.

The Solomon Islanders controled most of the match, lost some good goalscoring opportunities including one penalty-kick lost by the Ni-Vanuatu international John Alick. Despite playing a better game, the Tahitian side were also dangerous in the counter-attacks forcing the goalkeeper Timothy Maerasia to make some important stops.

Ifunaoa talked to Oceania Football Center and expressed his joy for scoring and winning this very important match: “We are very happy for winning the match, despite some of our players picked up injuries in the game“, stated the Solomon Islands international.

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Dennis Ifunaoa playing in Telekom S-League – The Island Sun News

As mentioned by the forward, some of his teammates suffered minor injuries during the match, including himself: “I received a knock in my right leg, I am struggling to walk properly for now, but I expect to play the next game“, said the attacker.

The representatives from Solomon Islands made a very important step towards qualification for the knock-out stage with their 1-0 victory over Tiare Tahiti, since now both sides only have one match remaining in the group C – both against the hosts AS Magenta from New Caledonia – as the Cook Islands side Tupapa Maraerenga withdrew from the competition.


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