Kooline futsal club is leading the 2019 SIPA Futsal League title race after round 6 of matches this week at the Honiara Multipurpose Hall.
The men in blue defeated a determined Saints side 9-4 in a goal rush fixture to extended their lead at the top of the ladder with 15 points heading into the final three rounds of the league proper.
This year’s competition is special because a spot in the inaugural OFC Futsal Champions League is on offer for elite futsal clubs in the country.
Kooline manager, Mohammed Shameem paid tribute to his team’s commitment and early preparation as the sole reason why they are on top of the league.
“We have been preparing for this tournament in early February and my boys put a lot of commitment in training which really helps us to maintain top spot in the league,” the Fijian said.
Shameem and Co finished third last season behind defending champions Marist and Solomon Islands national U-17s.
“Last year we have drawn two games and lost only against G-Camp to finished third in the league.
“Despite leading the league this year, I keep on reminding my boys to focus on our remaining matches as we take all our matches as a final.
“Our game against KF Gold will be crucial since other teams are also in the race for the title,” the Kooline manager added.
Kooline has in their ranks a good number of Solomon Islands internationals in the form of captain Coleman Makau, Alvin Hou, Anthony Talo, Arnold Maeluma and Robert Laua.
ROUND 6 RESULTS
Mataks 6-4 Joma FC, Marist 4-2 Koloale KF, Gold 7-2 Islands Brothers Kooline 9-4 The Saints