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Championship action continues

KOSSA will open the round with their return match against Real Kakamora on Saturday. Real Kakamora set themselves in a great position to qualify for the semi-finals after beating KOSSA 5-1 earlier this week but it does not guarantee them any safety.
Real Kakamora coach, Sam Wa’aria, says that his team is aware of what KOSSA can do and will not be complacent.
“KOSSA are a great side and while the advantage is ours we will not be taking any chances against them. We do not want all our hard work on Wednesday to go to waste so we will be out in force come Saturday,” Wa’aria says.
Malaita Kingz and Hana also have their return clash on Saturday with the latter having a two-goal advantage courtesy of their victory in the first leg. Unlike the other match ups this weekend, this is the one where the result could most likely swing away from the leader and it is something the Hana management is acutely aware off.
Luke Eroi, says that Hana needs to be at the top of its game to ensure Malaita Kingz do not turn the deficit over and steal their place in the semi-finals.
“Two nil is not a big lead and we trained this week with the mentality that we need to win this game. In fact, the pressure will be on us because we are the ones carrying with the lead,” says Eroi. “We need to be confident, work as a team and stick to our game plan and we will be fine. However, I can guarantee that it will not be easy.”
Eroi is calling on the Hana faithful to be behind his team for the clash because they will need all the support they can get.
“I want all our fans who have been with us throughout this season to come out on Saturday and give us their support because we will need it very much,” Eroi calls.
On Sunday, Solomon Warriors face Koloale whom they beat 3-1 under difficult weather conditions a week ago. While Solomon Warriors got the job done it was not a clinical victory for them and they were forced to defend against their opponents for a good chunk of the second half.
Koloale, who finish out of the prize range in the league competition, will be desperate to upset Solomon Warriors but it will be a herculean task against the one of the top performers this season albeit that they need only a two nil win to achieve this.
Gideon Omokirio, coach of Koloale, says his side is aiming for a win adding that it is entirely out of their reach yet.
“Our goal this weekend is to win this leg and I believe that we can achieve this – it will be hard work but we can still turn this one our way,” says an optimistic Omokirio.
“Last week we were unfortunate to go down in the first leg but we proved by the way we played in the second half that we have the capacity and capability to challenge our opponents. We just need to ensure that we take our chances when they come and be strong defensively.”
Marist are facing an uphill climb against Western United who delivered them a 7-0 hiding in the first leg of their tie. The duo will meet on Sunday following the Koloale/Solomon Warriors match.
It will be a miracle for Marist to overturn this shortfall against Western United who are also using the Telekom S-League Championship Series as preparation for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League.
The winner of the clash between Malaita Kingz and Hana will meet either Western United or Marist in the first semi-final and the winner of the KOSSA/Real Kakamora clash will meet either Solomon Warriors or Koloale in the second semi-final.

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