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Zama stars as Solo rout Tonga

The pacey youngster found the back of the net four times to help Solomon Islands secure three points in their opening match at the championship. His first, goal in the twentieth minute first gave Solomon Islands the lead after captain, Junior Hou, equalised earlier.
This is following a shocking goal by Tonga through Soakai Vea who beats Oxson Buka with a simple run around to give his country the lead.
Solomon Islands was in a better position at halftime with a 3-1 lead after Richard Raramo’s goal in the 31st minute. However, it could have been 4-1 but Hou’s penalty was saved by the Tongan keeper, Mahe Malafu.
There was more composure from Solomon Islands in the second half as they scored 7 unanswered goals to finish with the win.
John Oge combined with Zama for Solomon Islands fourth goal eight minutes after the break and two more goals were added by the hour mark. Both Hou and Raramo added their second following Zama’s goal.
The lead was extended by defender Kaliz Atu who scored in the 75th minute but Zama struck again with a double in the 85th and 89th to give Solomon Islands a 9-1 lead.
The final goal was scored by substitute Hendrick Jirah who came in to replace Benjimin Toata.
Head coach, Jacob Moli, admitted that his boys entered the game nervous but was happy that they managed to turn the tide.
“I am very happy with the performance but not with the way we started the game. The boys were a bit shaky and we allowed Tonga to score early. We cannot afford to do this against better opponents when we play against them,” Moli says.
Given Vanuatu’s 13-0 result against American Samoa, Solomon Islands are second in the Group B table. They will play their next match against Vanuatu on Saturday 17th January.
Looking ahead to their next match Moli says that extra work needs to be done to prepare for Vanuatu.
“Vanuatu is a very good side so we have to work really hard on our performance from back to front. Today we played stop and start which is not really good against strong teams,” says Moli.
Solomon Islands enjoy a three-day break before their game against Vanuatu.

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