Raphael Lea’i not to trial in Australia

After the FIFA OFC World Cup Qualifiers, ten Solomon Islanders players went to Australia for a trial in search of a professional contract – Ali Mekawir even signed with Adelaide City. Raphael Lea’i was expected to be with the other players to hold a trial but had to return to the Solomon Islands for personalContinue reading “Raphael Lea’i not to trial in Australia”

New Zealand or Solomon Islands: only one side keeps its World Cup’s dream alive

New Zealand and Solomon Islands take the field at Gran Hamad Stadium to play in the finals of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers – just as they did in 2017. On that occasion New Zealand beat the Bonitos in Auckland 6-1 and drew 2-2 at the Lawson Tama in Honiara – thus achieving qualification forContinue reading “New Zealand or Solomon Islands: only one side keeps its World Cup’s dream alive”

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands vie for a place in the WCQ final

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have a recent history of meeting in tournament semifinals. In 2016, the teams met in the semifinals of the OFC Nations Cup. Papua New Guinea won 2-1 and advanced to the final of the tournament. The following year, they faced each other in Port Moresby worth a place inContinue reading “Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands vie for a place in the WCQ final”

Solomon Islands beat Cook Islands in the opening game of the World Cup qualifiers

Solomon Islands and Cook Islands faced each other today – 17th March – in a World Cup qualifier. It was the return of the Cook Islands team to official matches after 7 years. For all the circumstances involving the two teams the Solomon Islands were the favorites for the match and they had to showContinue reading “Solomon Islands beat Cook Islands in the opening game of the World Cup qualifiers”

Solomon Islands finishes tour in Australia heading to World Cup qualifiers

The Solomon Islands finished their tour in Queensland, Australia – 9th March – in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers. The team coached by Felipe Vega-Arango collected two wins and one loss. In the first match the Bonitos faced the under-23 team of Brisbane Roar, since the friendly match against the Brisbane Roar’s main teamContinue reading “Solomon Islands finishes tour in Australia heading to World Cup qualifiers”

Raphael Le’ai scores seven as Henderson Eels thrash Malaita Kingz in Telekom S-League

The ninth matchweek of Telekom S-League started with a huge victory by current league leaders Henderson Eels as they thrashed Malaita Kingz by 15-0 at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara – the capital of the Solomon Islands. Raphael Le’ai was on fire as the 17-year-old forward scored seven goals. Joses Nawo found the net forContinue reading “Raphael Le’ai scores seven as Henderson Eels thrash Malaita Kingz in Telekom S-League”

Raphael Le’ai: wonderkid shines in OFC Champions League debut

Despite being only 16, Raphael Le’ai is already known by everyone that keeps up with Oceanian Football. He is a rising star at OFC region and he keeps impressing all those who watch him playing and it was not different at his debut in OFC Champions League. Le’ai was in Henderson Eels’ starting eleven inContinue reading “Raphael Le’ai: wonderkid shines in OFC Champions League debut”

Lae and Eels demonstrate huge flaws in opening OFC clash

Neither Papua New Guinea’s Lae City nor Solomon Islands’ Henderson Eels will get anywhere near close to lifting the OFC Champions League trophy unless their performances see a marked upturn in skill, quality and defensive solidity. The opening game of the 2020 OFC Champions League in Luganville, Vanuatu, ended in a 3-3 draw between LaeContinue reading “Lae and Eels demonstrate huge flaws in opening OFC clash”

Raphael Le’ai: a hope for Henderson Eels

The 2020 OFC Champions League begins this weekend with four matches from two groups. Current Telekom S-League runners-up Henderson Eels will face Lae City from Papua New Guinea in the opening match of the group stage at Luganville Soccer City Stadium in Vanuatu. Eels count on some experienced forwards like Joses Nawo and Tuti ZamaContinue reading “Raphael Le’ai: a hope for Henderson Eels”

SIFF investigation will decide Telekom S-League Golden Boot award

The Telekom S-League night of awards already took place in Honiara; both Henderson Eels and Solomon Warriors – the teams qualified for OFC Champions League – are already prepearing for their trips to represent Solomon Islands in the regional competition. We already know Solomon Warriors won the league, Henderson Eels, Kossa and Isabel United cameContinue reading “SIFF investigation will decide Telekom S-League Golden Boot award”