The Solomon Islands will take on Tahiti this afternoon at the OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup 2019, a potential decider in the 3rd day of competition.
Both teams have won all their matches played so far, but Tahiti sits on top of the table thanks to its superior goal difference count – much of it courtesy of a 23-1 record goal tally against new comers Tonga.
While Tahiti have been bona-fide superstars across the past three editions of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the depth of quality across Oceania has remained untested.
Tahiti have enjoyed extraordinary success at World Cup level, reaching two finals and one semi-final.
The hosts of the 2013 World Cup – the only FIFA men’s tournament held in a Pacific Islands’ nation – will start the match as warm favorites.
Solomon Islands, with a good combination of experience and young talent, set to offer strong competition. The Solomons were hugely impressive in their last showing at the 2013 World Cup when they featured as Oceania champions.
Todays match could be the tournament decider, should Solomon Islands win it will have to wait for the Tahiti Vs New Caledonia match – and hopes Tahiti does not win with a big margin.
Should Tahiti win than it is quite likely they will go through - win, loose (small margin) or draw against New Caledonia.