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Second meeting to be tougher

The second friendly match between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea is expected to be tougher than the first as both teams will look to pick up their performance after the opener on Thursday.
Both the home side coach, Moses Toata, and the visitors’, Flemming Serritslev, have pointed out weaknesses from their respective squads which they want to improve on when they meet again.
“Definitely, we will be a better side on Sunday,” says Serritslev whose side failed to ignite a spark in the first meeting despite showing promise in the second half. “My players will have to be stronger and be more challenging in our next match.”
Toata is less concerned after their opening win but also noted that this side could perform better in the next game and will work on certain weaknesses in training.
“I am concerned about our players maintaining a high level of playing all throughout,” Toata says. “Of concern is a dip in the performance of the team midway through the second half and we must work hard not to repeat this.”
Papua New Guinea will likely have Hekari United’s David Muta in their line up for the match tomorrow. Muta was missing from their line up on Wednesday due to injury alongside Koriak Upaiga.
Unfortunately for Solomon Islands, Henry Fa’arodo, who left the pitch with an injury in the last match is unlikely to recover in time for the second match. Fa’arodo watched training from the sidelines with an icepack to the left knee after experience continued stiffness and pain.
“I am really flattened about the situation but I have to wait and see if I can be cleared to play tomorrow,” says Fa’arodo.
Football fever has also hit locals hard with about four thousand turning up for the first match on Wednesday. Organisers are expecting a bigger turn out on Sunday which coincides with Easter Sunday.

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