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Young guns set for second friendly

Solomon Islands national coach, Jacob Moli says that after the match on Thursday in which he fielded most of the players from the 2007 South Pacific Games squad he wants to give the next generation a taste of international football at the senior level.
“My final team for the Pacific Games will balance the best of the old and the new so I want to see how the younger members of the training squad will perform against Vanuatu,” Moli says adding that he has full confidence that the players are up to the task.
“These young players have matured over the years and I am confident that they can represent their country at the senior level. The only thing they have to do is show to me why they should be picked ahead of their mates,” Moli explains.
The team features players like U20 forward Dennis Ifunaoa, Carrol Kakate and futsal utility Jack Wetney who plies his trade in the 11-a-side code for Vanuatu champions Amicale. The most notable exception will be veteran goalkeeper, Severino Aefi, who first played for the national team in early 1990s.
Moli’s line-up is based on the speed of the players and inclusion of Aefi is primarily because of his ability to effectively start counter attacks from his own goal area. This will work well with the pace of Kakate and Ifunaoa up front. The midfield will be under the jurisdiction of former Hekari United star, Joachim Waroi, and Jeffery Henry, who impressed everyone with his work rate while playing for Hana in the Telekom S-League.
Wetney will be playing a support role in the midfield but he is expected to be more of an attacking midfielder than a defensive one. Wetney took local football by storm when he made the crossover as a reserve striker for KOSSA in the 2010 Our Telekom National Club Champions and local fans are eager to see him in action at home again.
Their opponents, Vanuatu, appear unfazed by the loss yesterday and held 2 training sessions today. Their main concern will be the injury to George Tabe who will miss the game tomorrow.
Michel Kaltak, who received a hard knock during the previous game and exited training in the afternoon after falling awkwardly, will require further assessment according to the team’s medical officer, George Reganvanu.
Reganvanu says that Kaltak is experiencing stiffness in his left arm and they will decide on whether he will take the field tomorrow in the morning.
“Kaltak may play tomorrow if we are satisfied that he is okay. Tabe definitely will not be playing as we have to rest him for the Fiji matches,” Reganvanu says.
The match kicks offs at 3:00pm and a bigger crowd than Thursday’s is expected to turn up especially after the ending of the anniversary celebrations this evening.

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