Katukatus arrive back home

Officials from the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) led by president, Martin Alufurai, and families of the players were at the airport to welcome home the team.
A thanksgiving ceremony was conducted at the Allan Boso complex were the team members were thanked for their hard work by SIFF General Secretary, Eddie Ngava.
“Thank you very much for you hard work and your sacrifice. You the players and the team management have given the most to this campaign and have done well for your country,” Ngava said.
Speaking at the press conference following the ceremony, Katukatus Head coach, Chris Asipara, said that important lessons have been learned.
“The players in this team have a future in football and the experience at the OFC championship has been valuable for building them for the next championship. An important lesson for the players is that the Solomon Islands public does not accept anything less than the title in any competition their team plays in,” Asipara said.
Asipara put the defeat against Tahiti that cost Solomon Islands a place in the grand final due to things to not coming together for his team on the day.
“We played well that day but football is like this and sometimes everything does not go according to plan. It was a very disappointing loss,” Asipara said.
The Katukatus registered 4 wins out of 5 in a very strong showing at the OFC U-17 Championship including a 2 – 0 victory over Vanuatu in the third and fourth position playoff final.
They opened their campaign in Group B with a 2 – 1 win over New Caledonia but were met with a painful defeat of the same score line against Tahiti who eventually won pole position in their group.
In their third match, the Katukatus came back strongly to finish off Tonga 15 – 0 before claiming the second sport in Group B with a 4 – 1 over Cook Islands.
The team officially broke camp later in the afternoon and the players finally returned to their families for the first time since they went into camp in December.

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