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Honiara gears up for O-League clash

The last international played in Honiara was when the national team drew with Vanuatu in their second friendly match while preparing for the Pacific Games in New Caledonia. With the Telekom S-League starting only last weekend fans are still hungry for more topflight football and this match is surely going to provide a lot of that.
The build up started 2 weeks ago but it reached fever pitch today when Auckland City touched down from New Zealand. The visiting side held their first local training session this afternoon at the SIFF academy grounds. Auckland City also went on a last minute campaign for local support handing out posters to members of the public who turned up to witness them in training.
Local support is something that their opponents, Koloale, will have no problem in gathering. The club has built a strong fan base after its success in recent years and the ‘army of green’ is expected to swarm Lawson Tama come Saturday. This season Koloale are equipped with some of the hottest stars in the country and passionate barracking will be going their way for sure. Names like James Naka and Henry Fa’arodo are big draw cards in local matches but it is internationals like this that people will want to see them.
For one such fan Sammy Mokia there is no doubt who he will be cheering for on Saturday and he urges other supporters to put local club alliances and back the ‘men in green’.
“I have my own local club but when it comes to the O-League I will be backing Koloale. They are playing for Solomon Islands and they deserve all the local support that they can get. Go Koloale Go!” says a passionate Mokia.
There are others like Brian Baeto’o, a student at the King George the Sixth National Secondary School who will be there for the fun of football and will cheer any side that gets a good goal.
“I know that there will be great goals in the game and that is what I will be there for. I do not really support either of the teams, am only interested in watching good football and I know that there will plenty of that in this game,” Baeto’o says.
The day is generally expected to be a trouble free day but the local organising committee is taking no chances with security. More than a hundred security officers will be on station at Lawson Tama during the match to ensure the safety of spectators, match officials and both teams.
Chairperson of the local organising committee, Noel Wagapu, says that he has not received any particular mention of any security threats from the authorities but still his team is taking security preparations seriously.
“The organising committee is doing its best to organise enough security so that the enjoyment of spectators is not disturbed. I believe that everyone will be out to have a good time and it is our premier concern that this happens for all spectators and both teams as well,” Wagapu says.
Tickets are now selling at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) headquarters and staff expect a long day ahead of them since the ticket sales may continue till late in the night. Grandstand seats are going at $60.00 (NZD$9) and $40.00 (NZD$6) depending on where the seats are located. Complementary Hill sitting is charged at $30.00 (NZD$5) while entry to the hillside seating area is sold at an affordable $10.00 (NZD$1.50) for adults and $5.00 (NZD$0.70) for children. On Saturday no ticket sales will be conducted at the SIFF office, instead people may buy tickets from Lawson Tama starting from 9:00am up until kickoff.
The match will kickoff at 3:00pm on Saturday. SIFF is estimating a total of 12 – 15 thousand people to turn up. Full packed Lawson Tama stadium can hold a maximum of 17 – 20 thousand people.
(All prices mentioned are in Solomon Islands dollars unless otherwise stated.)

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