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History on the horizon for Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands U-19 national team could become history makers when they take on Tahiti in the semi-final at the OFC U-19 Championship on Thursday.

Solomon Islands topped Group B with three consecutive wins over New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu to confirm their spot in the last four.

Head coach Batram Suri has remind his players they are on the verge of creating history for their country.

“I have told the boys that we are 90 minutes away from creating our own piece of history”, he said.

“It will a huge challenge for us against Tahiti because they have a good side.

“The team is ready, we are all looking forward to the game as the atmosphere in the camp is in high spirit.

“We came into this tournament aiming to reach the semi-finals, now since we have achieved our first target we’re are ready to challenge Tahiti for a spot in Poland next year.

“It will be a historic moment for our country since never before we have qualified to any FIFA World Cup tournaments in the outdoor code.

“We will do our best to break the record as the first team to qualify to the World cup.”

Assistant coach, Eddie Rukumana stressed a positive outcome against the hosts will change so many lives.

“I think the spirit in the camp is very high as these boys know this game is one the most important in their life,” Rukumana insisted.

“There is nothing else we have to looked back on but just set our focus on the task before us.”

Meanwhile, there is no injury concern for the coaching staff as the national U-19s are in high spirit ahead of the semi-finals.

Captain John Aeta is fit to start in defence as well as Marcus Chan and Ali Mekawir are set to retain their place in the starting line-up.

Solomon Islands have conceded only two goals in the group stage, two penalties against New Caledonia in their opening game.

This means the Melanesians are going into the semi-finals with the best defensive record.

Solomon Islands will take on Tahiti in the second semi-final at Stade Pater on Thursday at 3:30pm.

Upcoming Matches

Semi-Final 1

New Zealand vs. New Caledonia
Wednesday 15 August
Stade Pater, Tahiti
Kick-off: 15h00 local (Thursday 14 August  – 12h SOL, NCL / 13h NZL)

Semi-Final 2

Solomon Islands vs. Tahiti
Wednesday 15 August
Stade Pater, Tahiti
Kick-off: 18h30 local (Thursday 16 August – 15h30 SOL & NCL / 16h30 NZL)





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