In an exciting match held at the Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara, the Solomon Warriors secured their place in the OFC Champions League group stage with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Kossa in the national play-off. The match was full of drama and tension, with both sides giving it their all in a bid to secure a spot in the prestigious tournament.
Kossa started the match strongly and took the lead in the 20th minute through a well-taken goal by Timothy Bakale. The Warriors, however, didn’t let their heads drop and fought back strongly. They equalized before the end of the first half through a goal by Dennis Ifuanoa, which ensured that the sides went into the break level at 1-1.
The second half saw both teams pushing hard for a winning goal, with the game becoming increasingly tense as time went on. It was the Warriors who finally found the breakthrough in the 64th minute when Harrison Mala scored what proved to be the winning goal of the match.
Despite a valiant effort from Kossa, the Warriors managed to hold on to their lead and secure the victory that would see them qualify for the OFC Champions League group stage. The team, coached by Franco Ne’e, put in a strong performance and showed great determination and resilience throughout the match. You can watch the highlights of the match by clicking here.
Kossa, who were coached by Eddie Marahare, will be disappointed to have missed out on a spot in the tournament. However, they can take heart from the fact that they gave the Warriors a tough challenge and pushed them all the way.
The Warriors will now look forward to the OFC Champions League group stage, which is set to take place in May in Vanuatu. They will be hoping to carry their impressive form into the tournament and make a strong challenge in the regional tournament after securing once again the national title back in Solomon Islands.
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