Telekom S-League side Henderson Eels narrowly edged their way past the group stages of the 2019 OFC Champions League in their debut season. And now the biggest test yet
Head coach Eddie Marahare admits
Henderson Eels left Honiara yesterday afternoon for New Zealand with 18 players and three officials. The match is scheduled for this Sunday at the David Farrington Park in Wellington.
“I know it’s going to be tough, but for the last four weeks, we have prepared well to face the defending champions,” Marahare said.
The team also experienced a slight hiccup to their preparation with the issue of stolen passports, but the coach is happy everything has been sorted in time before their departure.
“Playing away, and especially when they (Team Wellington) are the defending champions, of
Fittingly, Henderson Eels has put in extra efforts during training sessions on their defence. “One area we have worked really hard on is our defence. I’m pretty sure, if not confident we’re going to put up a strong challenge again our hosts,” the coach said.
One noticeable dimness is the height of his players and it was obvious during their first group match 3-2
Coach Marahare is well aware of this and for this
“We conceded a lot from aerial set pieces into the area, that is true and that’s why we have worked hard on
“It going to be tough, but
Henderson Eels are the only Solomon Islands reps still left in this season’s OFC Champions League, after the unexpected exit of Telekom S-League champions Solomon Warriors in the group stages at Lawson Tama.
Elsewhere in the other quarter-final matches, Toti FC of PNG will take on Micah Lea’alafa’s Auckland City also in New Zealand, Hienghene of New Caledonia meets Ba FC of Fiji and Central Sport of Tahiti takes on AS Magenta of New Caledonia.