Monday, 6 August 2007 8:42 AM

National Soccer Team Looses to Honiara Select Side

The Solomon Islands National Soccer team suffered a shocking defeat to a Honiara Select side over the weekend, losing the friendly game 3 - 1.

The Honiara Select side was far more composed and had obviously prepared well for the test match. Coach of the Select side, Matai Vave, said before the game that "the national team has yet to be fully tested by a quality team".

The Honiara Select team was startled within the first few minutes of the game when James Naka scored a quality goal from a through ball. The Honiara Select side retained composure and did well to contain speedy merchants like Waita and Menapi.

The Select team replied mid-way through the first half with a goal from Koloale's Henry Koto. The goal ignited the Select side, scoring two more goals within a span of 15 minutes through Oscar Sara. The Select side defended well in the second half to win the game. A jubilant captain of the Honiara Select side, Batram Suri, congratulated his boys for a fantastic win.

The 3 - 1 win by the Honiara Select side gave an uneasy wake up call to the national soccer team. It also fueled speculations of possible fallout within the national team. George Suri and Alick Mamae recently returned to camp after walking out on the team almost a week ago. The first choice keeper, Felix Ray, has also left the team due to commitments to study. Coach Andrioli said that he is still confident the team will deliver what is expected of them in the upcoming Pacific Games.

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