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Bonito aim for maximum points

The Bonito had a successful opening to their campaign on Friday when they defeated OFC Nations Cup champions Tahiti Nui by 2-0 at home. Goals from Henry Fa’arodo Jnr. in the first half and Himson Teleda in the second wrapped up a solid performance by the Bonito.
Speaking to local media at a press conference on Saturday Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) technical adviser, Laurent Papillon, said that Friday’s result is beyond them and they want to return home from New Zealand with 6 points in the bag.
“We had a good win and as I mentioned before it is important to start on a positive note. It was a good game for us and we could have finished with some more goals but that is not the case,” Papillon said. “Now we want to focus our efforts on playing New Zealand and we will take this game like any other – we need the points and we need to win away.”
The feeling in the Bonito camp is mutual and captain Henry Fa’arodo echoed similar sentiments while speaking to the media after the game on Friday.
“We want maximum points and we believe that we can achieve that against New Zealand if we do what we need to do on the pitch, that is where the result will be determined,” Fa’arodo says.
“New Zealand is a superb side and we are fully aware of what they are capable of but it is all about winning games and taking as much point as we can at this stage of the qualifiers. For us that is what we have been training for and we do not think about going and losing – we think about winning.”
The Bonito departed for Auckland this afternoon with 23 players quietly confident that they can make history across in New Zealand. While the All Whites have had a complete stranglehold on wins over Solomon Islands in the past, their last 2 matches indicate that that hold may be loosening.
In their group match at OFC Nations Cup Solomon Islands recorded an historic 1-1 draw with New Zealand and helped rebuild waning confidence in the strength of the national team. Their losers final clash saw New Zealand win 4-3 but only at the help of an unfortunate refereeing decision which allowed play to continue despite that an extra ball was thrown into the field and clearly interfered with the Solomon Islands backline.
Papillon described the 4-3 loss to New Zealand as important because of what the Solomon Islands team achieved in the second half.
“We were 3-0 down at half time and in the second half we were on par at 3-3. Unfortunately, we lost the game due to the ball throwing incident but I still refer to the second 45 minutes of the game as my reference point for the players – this is how we should play against New Zealand. We are the only side to score 3 goals against New Zealand in recent years and we must build on that,” Papillon said.
New Zealand also opened their campaign positively with a 2-0 away victory against Les Cagous (New Caledonia). Shane Smeltz struck after 12 minutes with a rebound shot while Chris Wood headed home after 40 minutes to seal the win for the All Whites in a commanding game for them.
The match between Solomon Islands and New Zealand will be played at the North Harbour stadium in Auckland. It will kickoff at 7:35pm New Zealand time. Tahiti Nui will host Les Cagous at home at the Stade Pater in the other game on match day 2 of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil&0153; qualifiers.
The Bonito will return on Wednesday 13 September and will play New Caledonia on Friday 12 October at Lawson Tama stadium. Their away game against the same team will be on Tuesday 16 October at Stade Numa Daly in Noumea.

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