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Semi match will be tough: Wagapu

Head coach, Noel Wagapu, says that Vanuatu has performed well in their group matches so they are well primed for the semi final match.
“My team is aware of the strength of Vanuatu and we will not be taking anything easy in this semi-final,” Wagapu says. “They have won all of their pool matches and this is impressive but we are confident of a successful result.”
Wagapu says that the Mamulas, as the national U20 team is known locally, have prepared well for this match and have left behind the disappointment of their loss to New Zealand in the group stages.
“The players have recovered well from their loss against New Zealand and there are no injury concerns for us. This is a very important game for us and we look forward to playing,” Wagapu says.
“Vanuatu has as much right to win as we do so it will be down to who makes fewer mistakes and shows more control,” Wagapu says. “We have to be strong at the front and at the back and from the start to the end in this match and that is what we aim to be doing.”
Vanuatu are the leaders in Group A of the competition and they had somewhat of a smooth ride to the semi finals with a clean sheet defeating first American Samoa by 7 – 0, then Fiji by 2 – 0 and then Papua New Guinea by 5 – 3 in their final pool match.
Solomon Islands ride to the semis has been tougher after they lost to New Zealand in their second group match by 3 – 0 after opening with a 3 – 1 win over New Caledonia and had to wait for the result between its group opponents before their knockout stage berth was confirmed.
The match will be broadcasted live on TV in Honiara starting from 10:45am local time.

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