Tuesday, 6 May 2008 2:43 PM

Time Out for the Kossa Champs

The Honiara Football Association has given Kossa a week off from the DJ League's Top 8 challenge to ensure they are 100 percent fit and injury free ahead of their crucial away match against Waitakere FC at Trusts Stadium in Auckland on May 11.

Kossa was scheduled to play Makuru yesterday afternoon but team management had written to Honiara Football Association Normalization Committee to reschedule the match for a later date.

In accepting Kossa's request, HFA Normalization Committee spokesman, Aloysio Ma'ahanoa said, "Kossa will be flying Solomon Islands flag therefore it is only proper that they be given every possible way to ensure they achieve their goal."

The national clubs champion lost its opening match against Marist 0-3 but bounced back to win their second against Walas 4-2 on Saturday.

A committee meeting on Saturday has agreed to allow Kossa to rest and set a new date for their much awaited showdown with the minor premiers, Makuru FC.

Koloale FC bounced back from their narrow 1-0 defeat in the hands of Uncles FC in their midweek clash to thrash Naha 5-1 when the two teams met on Saturday at Lawson Tama.

Naha played without their key striker Lawrence Fonaota who was outplayed by a well-drilled Koloale outfit who knocked the ball around with precision passes.

Veteran Henry Koto commanded well their midfield with some telling passes which caught Naha flatfooted on many occasions.

Despite the loss, Naha has vowed it will step up a gear when they play Uncles this afternoon at Lawson tama.

Meanwhile, Makuru maintained its winning form when it thrashed Walas 7-0 last week to lead pool A and also confirm its place in the semifinals. The runner up position is between Marist and Kossa.

In Pool B, Uncles and Koloale share equal match points but the former looks set to lead their pool if they win their match today against Naha.